Dear Department of Health and Social Care,
I refer you to an already completed FOI here:
Dated 2 weeks ago on 23rd July you stated in your response:
“Regional and Local Authority data will be published in the future, and we are therefore withholding this data under section 22 of the FOIA (information to be published).
Section 22 is a qualified exemption, and we are required to assess as objectively as possible whether the balance of public interest favours disclosing or withholding the information. We recognise the
General public interest in this data, and that disclosure leads to greater transparency in government.
However there is also a very strong public interest in ensuring that information is made available to everyone at the same time, thereby ensuring equity of access. For this reason, we have concluded that the public interest in withholding this information outweighs that in its release.”
Please advise when and how this information will be made available. I would emphasise the urgency of having this information in the public domain ahead of the return to school in September IF you want to reassure parents that the risk is low in their local area. Without this information it is NOT possible for parents to assess this risk.
Our ref: DE-1248008
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