Information about Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI).

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Nicholas Davies

Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

Please can you

1. Confirm whether your organisation applied to be part of the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index in A) 2018 (for 2019), B) 2019 (for 2020) or C) 2021 (for 2022) (NB the index was suspended in 2020/21 because of Covid)

2. Give details of the total amount of money you paid to Stonewall in 2021 whether or not as payment for goods or services.

3. State whether you intend to continue your membership of any Stonewall scheme in the future, and if so which.

If the answer to any part of 1 is yes please supply:

4. Any application you made in 2021 to be included on Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index, including any attachments or appendices to those applications. Please redact personal details if necessary.

5. Any feedback you received in 2018/19 or 2019/20 or 2021/22 from Stonewall in relation to either application or programme. This must include the priorities or objectives written by your organisation’s representative at the end of the feedback form (under the heading ‘Priorities for the year ahead’ in 2019; ‘Your priorities’ in 2020).


If your organisation is considering refusing to disclose feedback received as part of the Stonewall scheme by relying on section 41 (confidential information) and/or section 43 (commercial interest) of FOI, please note the recent ICO decisions IC-129040-Y4T2 and IC-125081-Q8J6 which rejected these reasons. Sex Matters has written a short briefing on these two ICO decisions – please see

Yours faithfully,

Nicholas Davies,

Dear Nicholas Davies,

Thank you for your email which we received on the 1 August requesting

We aim to answer your request no later than 30th August, which is 20
working days from the date we received it. If we are unable to meet this
deadline we will contact you to explain the reason.

If you have any queries about this letter please contact us.

Yours sincerely

Information Rights Team

[email address],

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Dear Nicholas Davies,

Please find attached the response to your request of 30th July for
information on Information about Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI).

Yours sincerely

Jo Collinge

Information Rights Team

[email address]

Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs's handling of my FOI request 'Information about Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI).'.

I would like to ask you to reassess my request in light of the fact that the information I have requested would have a serious purpose and value (as per the ICO guidance at

May I also remind you that the FOI Act requires an 'applicant blind' approach, which is to say that it embodies the principle that information is available to anyone and requests must be assessed without consideration of who made them. Contrary to the aforementioned ICO guidance , your decision has been influenced by your knowledge or view of me as the requester, rather than an assessment of the request in isolation.

For that reason I am asking you to review your response and, if the exemption is upheld, to provide an assessment which does not take a subjectively hostile opinion of me or any group to which I may or may not be affiliated into consideration.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:

Yours faithfully,

Nicholas Davies

SM-Defra-Helpline, Defra (MCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Please read through the guidance below which may be relevant to your

General enquiries 

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Please be aware that we received a high volume of correspondence during
the Covid- 19 outbreak and are working through the backlog of cases. This
may mean a significant delay in response times. 

You may find the information you need is available on GOV.UK:

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Dear Nicholas Davies,

Thank you for your email which we received on 25 August, challenging our
response to your request for information. We are handling this as a
request for an internal review.

If your request was handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA), section 45 Code of Practice states that an internal review should
take no longer than 20 working days, or 40 in exceptional circumstances.

If your request was handled under the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004 (EIRs), regulation 11(4) requires a public authority to
consider the complaint and respond to the complainant as soon as possible
and no later than 40 working days from the time when the complaint was

We can inform you that the 21st October is the 40 ^th working day from the
date we received your complaint.

If you have any queries about this letter please contact us.

Yours sincerely

Jo Collinge

Information Rights Team

[email address]