Information about Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI)

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Dear Department of Finance (Northern Ireland),

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,


DoF FOI, Department of Finance (Northern Ireland)

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Yours sincerely,

Amanda Hayman

DoF FOI, Department of Finance (Northern Ireland)

Good morning,

The Department of Finance acknowledges receipt of your request for information – your reference number is DOF/2022-0283. In line with FOI/EIR legislation, the department has up to 20 working days to respond to your request and therefore you should expect a response no later than 30 August 2022.

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Tracy Beattie
Communications and Engagement Division
Department of Finance

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DoF FOI, Department of Finance (Northern Ireland)

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DoF FOI, Department of Finance (Northern Ireland)

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Good afternoon


Please see attached response to your recent request for information.