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Government guidance on Palestine issued to councils

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Nandini Naira Archer

Dear Brent Borough Council,

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information:

(1) Any correspondence received by council email addresses from Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) email addresses ending in @levellingup.gov.uk that includes the words "Palestine" or "Gaza" since 7 October 2023.

(2) Any correspondence received by council email addresses from Department of Education (DfE) email addresses ending in @education.gov.uk that includes the words "Palestine" or "Gaza" since 7 October 2023.

(3) Any correspondence received by council email addresses from Home Office email addresses ending in @homeoffice.gov.uk that includes the words "Palestine" or "Gaza" since 7 October 2023.

(4) Additionally, any official guidance issued to the council by any of these departments regarding counter-terror strategy and the risk of radicalisation since 7 October 2023.

Yours faithfully,

Nandini Naira Archer

Freedom of Information, Brent Borough Council

Thank you for contacting the FOI Team.

This is confirmation that we have received your email. You should receive
a further acknowledgment shortly with a reference number.

Take part in Brent's draft budget consultation before 31 January at
[1]www.brent.gov.uk/budget

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Dear Nandini Naira Archer 

RE: FW: Freedom of Information request - Government guidance on Palestine
issued to councils 

Thank you for contacting the council on 15/01/2024.

Your case will be assigned to an officerΒ and you should receive their
details soon.

Please use this reference numberΒ IRC-41269-X2K8H3Β when contacting us about
this case.

Please note that we may require further information in order for us to
proceed, in which case we will contact you.Β 

If you would like further information on how your case will be dealt with,
please visit our website: [3]https://www.brent.gov.uk/your-councilΒ 

Yours sincerelyΒ 
London Borough of Brent

Take part in Brent's draft budget consultation before 31 January at
[4]www.brent.gov.uk/budget

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Our Ref: IRC-41269-X2K8H3

Dear Nandini Naira Archer

Freedom of Information Act 2000

Thank you for your information request received on 15/01/2024.
This request is being handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

You requested the following information:

Subject: Freedom of Information request - Government guidance on Palestine
issued to councils
Dear Brent Borough Council,
I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request
the following information:
Β 
(1) Any correspondence received by council email addresses from Department
for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) email addresses ending
in @levellingup.gov.uk that includes the words "Palestine" or "Gaza" since
7 October 2023.
Β 
Response:
Please see the attached document
Β 
(2) Any correspondence received by council email addresses from Department
of Education (DfE) email addresses ending in @education.gov.uk that
includes the words "Palestine" or "Gaza" since 7 October 2023.
Β 
Response:
Β 
Please see the attached document
Β 
(3) Any correspondence received by council email addresses from Home
Office email addresses ending in @homeoffice.gov.uk that includes the
words "Palestine" or "Gaza" since 7 October 2023.
Β 
There are over 219 emails -Β Section 12(1) of the FOIA is a provision
whichΒ allows a public authority to refuse to comply with a request for
information where the cost of compliance is estimated to exceed a set
limit known as the appropriate limit. The appropriate limit for Councils
is Β£450.

The time spent on the permitted activities is calculated at the flat rate
of Β£25 per person, per hour this means that the appropriate limit will be
exceeded if it would require more than 18 hours work.

I must advise you that we will not be able to answer your request without
exceeding the appropriate limit. This is because to retrieve and extract
information in scope of your request would involve reviewing each email
individually to determine whether the information can be disclosed and to
ensure the data protection act is not breached. We estimate that it would
take approximately 10 minutes or more per property which would exceed the
cost limit.
Β 
This constitutes a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Freedom of
Information Act for this part of your request.
Β 
(4) Additionally, any official guidance issued to the council by any of
these departments regarding counter-terror strategy and the risk of
radicalisation since 7 October 2023.

Response:
Please see the attached documents

If you are dissatisfied with the way in which your request has been
handled or the outcome, you may request an internal review within two
calendar months of the date of this response by writing to the following
address:

Freedom of Information
Brent Civic Centre
Engineers Way
Wembley
HA9 0FJ

[2][email address]

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or internal
review, you have a right to appeal directly to the Information
Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can be
contacted at:

The Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF. Phone: 0303 123 1113

Website: [3]www.ico.org.uk

I will now close your request as of this date.Β 

Yours sincerelyΒ 
Β 
Β 
Dorothy Watson
FOI Lead Officer

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