Embargo on Bristol City Council's Invitation to Join the Safety Valve

Waiting for an internal review by Department for Education of their handling of this request.

Dear Department for Education,

Please can you release the details around Bristol City Council's embargo regarding the invitation to join the Safety Valve programme.

What exactly were the rules around the invitation from the Department for Education regarding Bristol's application. Specifically all information around the requirement for Bristol City Council to keep the invitation confidential.

Please can you release any paperwork around this.

Also, any rules or restrictions around making public its application up to 05 March 2024

Yours faithfully,

Jen Smith

MINISTERS, Department for Education

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Dear Jen Smith 

Thank you for your recent enquiry which was received on 06/03/2024.

A reply will be sent to you as soon as possible and this should be within
20 working days, as you are requesting information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2024-0007480.

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Dear Jen Smith

Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 7 March
2024.

You requested “Please can you release the details around Bristol City
Council's embargo regarding the invitation to join the Safety Valve
programme. What exactly were the rules around the invitation from the
Department for Education regarding Bristol's application. Specifically all
information around the requirement for Bristol City Council to keep the
invitation confidential. Please can you release any paperwork around this.
Also, any rules or restrictions around making public its application up to
05 March 2024”.  I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

A copy of the invitation letter sent to Bristol City Council regarding the
Safety Valve programme is enclosed. Bristol’s invitation to engage in
discussions about joining the Safety Valve programme and their Safety
Valve proposal were not under embargo from the Department. It is for local
authorities to decide how they handle the process locally.

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Dear Department for Education,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Education's handling of my FOI request 'Embargo on Bristol City Council's Invitation to Join the Safety Valve'.

The CEO of Bristol City Council Stephen Peacock and Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees, insist that the information given here is a mistake.

The chair of OSMB has also said that he has seen correspondence from the DfE showing that the information regarding Bristol Safety Valve was embargoed.

Please make all communications between Bristol City Council and the Mayors Office and the DfE regarding all aspects of the Safety Valve available. Including all documentation or communication where the DfE has communicated in some way that the Safety Valve at any point from invitation onwards must be kept confidential.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e...

Yours faithfully,

Jen Smith

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Dear Jen Smith 

Thank you for your recent enquiry which was received on 08/04/2024 21:57.

A reply will be sent to you as soon as possible and this should be within
20 working days, as you are requesting information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2024-0010970.

Yours sincerely

Department for Education
Ministerial and Public Communications Division
Tel: 0370 000 2288
Web: [1]https://www.education.gov.uk
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