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FOI - Expenditure on equality, diversity, and inclusivity.

Arthur Lightfoot made this Environmental Information Regulations request to Wessex Water Services Limited as part of a batch sent to 77 authorities
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Dear Wessex Water Services Limited,
I wish to make an FOI request, as set out under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please can your organisation provide the following information:

a) The number of roles in your association (expressed in numbers of FTE), that are mainly or exclusively focussed on issues of equality, diversity, or inclusivity. For example, this could include (amongst other guises) “EDI officers” or “diversity and inclusion project managers” but would not include general HR managers.

b) Either a) the pay band of each of these roles, or b) the combined total salaries for these roles. Whichever measure is more in accordance with your data preferences.

c) In the past 12 months the number of staff days across your organisation which have been committed to attending equality training programmes, whether internally run or with external consultants. (staff days = duration of the training programme multiplied by the number of staff in attendance for the course). If unable to provide please mark as N/A in your return.

Please can this information be returned to me within 20 working days.
If your organisation does not hold information in relation to any of the letters please file as N/A and provide the rest of the information that you do hold.

Yours faithfully,

Art Lightfoot

(80 Arrol House, London, SE1 6QL)

Dave Jones (Env), Wessex Water Services Limited

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Dear Mr Lightfoot,

Thank you for your email requesting information regarding equality,
diversity and inclusivity, received on the 17^th November, for the
following information:

 a. The number of roles in your association (expressed in numbers of FTE),
that are mainly or exclusively focussed on issues of equality,
diversity, or inclusivity. For example, this could include (amongst
other guises) “EDI officers” or “diversity and inclusion project
managers” but would not include general HR managers.
 b. Either a) the pay band of each of these roles, or b) the combined
total salaries for these roles. Whichever measure is more in
accordance with your data preferences.
 c. In the past 12 months the number of staff days across your
organisation which have been committed to attending equality training
programmes, whether internally run or with external consultants.
(staff days = duration of the training programme multiplied by the
number of staff in attendance for the course). If unable to provide
please mark as N/A in your return.

 

Wessex Water, as a water and sewerage company, is not a public/designated
body to which the Freedom of Information Act applies.   We have also
reviewed your request against the requirements of the Environmental
Information Regulations 2004 and have concluded that the information
requested does not constitute environmental information.  We are therefore
not obliged to provide the information you have requested under the
aforementioned regulations.

 

Wessex Water is committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects
the communities we serve and we provide further details of our approach to
diversity and inclusion on our website at [1]Diversity and inclusion |
Wessex Water.  Our Annual Report and Accounts (2021-22), available from
[2]Annual review | Wessex Water, also contains further details of our
performance in this area.

 

I am sorry that we are unable to be of more help on this occasion,
however, should you have any further environmental questions or queries,
you can contact us at [3][Wessex Water request email].  

 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request for
environmental information, you may request an internal review. Internal
review requests should be submitted within 40 working days of the date of
this response and should be addressed to [4][Wessex Water request email].

 

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of the internal review, you may
apply without charge to the Information Commissioner, who will consider
whether we have complied with our obligations under the Environmental
Information Regulations and who will require us to remedy any problems.
You can find out more about how to do this and about the EIRs in general
on the Information Commissioner’s website at [5]www.ico.org.uk.
 Complaints to the Information Commissioner may be made via the “report a
concern” section of the Information Commissioner’s website.

Kindest regards,
Dave

Dave Jones
Senior Regulatory Scientist
Wessex Water
Claverton Down Bath BA2 7WW
Telephone 01225 52 6000
[6][email address] [7]wessexwater.co.uk

 

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