Information about Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI).

The request was refused by Cabinet Office.

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,

S Rimmer

Cabinet Office FOI Team,

Our ref: FOI2022/12400

Dear S Rimmer,

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 2nd
August. Your request is being handled under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 ('the Act').

The Act requires that a response must be given promptly, and in any event
within 20 working days. We will therefore aim to reply at the latest by
31st August.

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

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team

Cabinet Office

Cabinet Office FOI Team,

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Dear S Rimmer,

Please find attached our response to your recent Freedom of Information
request (reference FOI2022/12400).

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 letter of 25th August refused this application under the exemption of S14(1) of the FOIA.

May I 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 ICO's guidance (see https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisatio...), 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 your knowledge of the requester into consideration.

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,

S Rimmer

Cabinet Office FOI Team,

Dear S Rimmer,

Thank you for your request for an internal review (reference
IR2022/13735), 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 S Rimmer,

Please find attached our response to your request for an Internal Review
(reference IR2022/13735).

Yours sincerely,

FOI Team