Information about Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI)

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Dear Cabinet Office

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).

EXEMPTIONS?

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 www.sex-matters.org/wp-content/uploads/2...

Yours faithfully,

Rob N

Cabinet Office FOI Team,

Our ref: FOI2022/12459

Dear Correspondent,

I am writing with regards to your request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000, which was received on 2nd August.

Section 8(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information Act (2000) requires that a
request for information must state the name of the applicant and an
address for correspondence. Applicants must provide their real name.

Public Authorities do not have to comply with requests that do not meet
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Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
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Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team

Cabinet Office

Dear Cabinet Office,

My name is Robert Nock

Yours faithfully,

Rob N

Dear Cabinet Office,

It looks as if you have not had my reply.

My name is below.

You already have address for correspondence.

Thanks,

Yours faithfully,

Robert Nock

Cabinet Office FOI Team,

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Dear Rob Nock,

Please find attached our response to your recent Freedom of Information
request (reference FOI2022/12459).

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team

Cabinet Office

Dear Cabinet Office,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Cabinet Office's handling of my FOI request 'Information about Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI)'.

Your response stated that my request has been refused because it was "part of a
campaign designed to harass or disrupt the work of the Cabinet Office which puts a
significant burden on the department. We have decided that your request should be
refused under section 14(1) of the FOIA on the grounds that it is vexatious."

That is incorrect and seemingly libellous. I made this request because I, and other Sex Matters supporters, want to know the information requested. I was not aware that other people had made this request, in fact the SexMatters campaign tried to ensure that duplicate requests were NOT sent in. I did NOT make this request in an attempt to create work for the Cabinet Office; rather purely because the information is and would be interesting, relevant and reasonable to know.

Frankly the Cabinet Office should be, and as determined by the ICO, doing its utmost to ensure transparency, access to information etc.

If other people have already asked identical questions then it would be a very simple matter to send exactly the same response to all those making identical queries. It would therefore create very little work for the Cabinet Office and so your response is unreasonable on grounds of the work it will cause as well. Using s14(1) to refuse to supply the information is unreasonable, not in accordance with the words or spirit of the FOI legislation.

I trust your internal reviewer will be more reasonable or I will have to escalate this to the ICO.

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

Yours faithfully,

Rob Nock

Cabinet Office FOI Team,

Dear Rob Nock,

Thank you for your request for an internal review (reference
IR2022/13412), which was prompted by our response to your request for
information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We shall endeavour to complete the internal review and respond to you
within 20 working days.

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Team

Cabinet Office FOI Team,

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Dear Rob Nock,

Please find attached our response to your request for an Internal Review
(reference IR2022/13412).

Yours sincerely,

FOI Team

Dear Cabinet Office,
The ICO has now ruled in that the request was not vexatious and "The Commissioner requires the Cabinet Office to take the following step to ensure compliance with the legislation:
• Issue a fresh response which does not rely on section 14(1) of FOIA"

I therefore look forward to a prompt response and provision of the information requested.

Yours faithfully,

Rob N

Cabinet Office FOI Team,

1 Attachment

Dear Rob Nock,

Please find attached our response to your recent Freedom of Information
request (reference FOI2022/12459).

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team

Cabinet Office