Home Office internal response to article about wasting £50m of taxpayers money

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Sam from medConfidential

Dear Home Office,

This Freedom of Information Act request relates to this news story about the Home Office, written by Gareth Corfield on 1st February 2021, available at:
which covered the lack of a link from these pages to the equivalent digital service:

Can you please provide:

1) Any emails or messages sent or received by the press office, from or to other parts of the Home Office, about the gov.uk pages for the forthcoming story (these would only have been sent since January 2021 and prior to publication);

2a) Any emails or messages sent post-publication involving the HO press office, HO policy team, or those responsible in the HO for gov.uk content, about the story or (lack of) changes to the content of those gov.uk pages;

b) Any emails or messages from the HO groups mentioned in part (2a) that were sent to the Government Digital Service about those gov.uk pages, sent since the story was published

Yours faithfully,
Sam Smith

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FOI Requests, Home Office

Sam Smith,

Thank you for contacting the Home Office with your request.

This has been assigned to a caseworker (case ref 63241). We will aim to send you a full response by 19/04/2021 which is twenty working days from the date we received your request.

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you,

P. Zebedee
FOI Requests
Home Office

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Public Enquiries (CD), Home Office

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Good morning,


Please see attached a response to your recent query.


Kind regards,


Home Office Direct Communications Unit

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