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Dear Financial Conduct Authority,
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,

Tim Barnsley

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Dear Mr Barnsley

 

We are sorry to inform you that we are still processing your request
concerning information about applications to the Stonewall Workplace
Equality Index (WEI) and will not be able to respond by today’s deadline.
We are experiencing a high volume of requests and are currently focused on
working through the cases.

 

We will continue to process your request and will provide you with a
further update on our progress by no later than 9 September 2022. If we
are able to respond sooner, we will of course do so.

 

Please accept our apologies for the delay and any inconvenience this may
cause and thank you for your understanding and patience.

 

Yours sincerely

 

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Stratford, London, E20 1JN, United Kingdom

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Dear Mr Barnsley

 

Freedom of Information: Right to know request

 

Thank you for your email of 29 July 2022 in which you asked for
information in relation to submissions by the FCA to be part of the
Stonewall Workplace Equality Index.

 

Please accept our apologies for the delay in responding to you. We have
processed your email in line with the provisions of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

 

We can confirm that we hold the requested information and will respond to
each question below.

 

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)

 

We can confirm the FCA did apply to be part of the Stonewall Workplace
Equality Index in A) 2018 (for 2019), B) 2019 (for 2020) or C) 2021 (for
2022)

 

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

 

We can confirm that in 2021 we paid £6,000 for renewal of membership for
the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme.

 

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

 

We currently have Stonewall Diversity Champions membership, which runs to
31 October 2022. We review all our corporate memberships annually and
would consider whether to renew this membership much closer to the time of
renewal.

 

 

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.

 

Please see Annex A below for a copy of the submission made in 2021 for the
WEI 2022. We are unable to disclose some of information to you under
section 40 (personal data) of FOIA. This is because disclosing this
information would reveal personal information about the individuals
concerned. For more information on why we are applying this exemption
please see Annex B below.

 

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).

 

The feedback received from Stonewall can be found in:

 

• Annex C for the feedback received on the submission made in 2018 for
the 2019 WEI
• Annex D for the feedback received on the submission made in 2019 for
the 2020 WEI
• Annex E for the feedback received on the submission made in 2021 for
the 2022 WEI

 

We would like to explain that the records we hold indicate the sections
under the headings 'Priorities for the year ahead' in 2019; 'Your
priorities' in 2020 were not completed and so this information is not
held.

 

We also hold two sets of notes made by FCA staff of a meeting with
Stonewall at which feedback was verbally delivered in relation to the
FCA’s submission to the 2020 WEI. These notes can be found in Annex F
below.

 

We are unable to disclose a small amount of information contained within
these notes to you under section 40 (personal data) of FOIA. This is
because disclosing this information would reveal personal information
about the individuals concerned. For more information on why we are
applying this exemption please again see Annex B below.

 

Your right to complain under FOIA

 

If you are unhappy with this response, you have the right to request an
internal review. To do so, please contact us within 40 working days of the
date of this response at [1][email address].

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you also
have a right of appeal to the Information Commissioner by phone or on
their website at:

 

Telephone: 0303 123 1113

Website: [2]www.ico.org.uk

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

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Annex A

 

See attached the submission made by FCA in 2021 for the 2022 WEI.

 

Annex B

 

• Section 40 (personal information)

 

To the extent that the information that we hold contains personal data
about individuals, section 40(2)(b) of the Act provides that "[a]ny
information to which a request for information relates is also exempt
information if the first, second or third condition listed below is
satisfied."

We have applied this exemption because the first condition (as stated in
section 40(3A) of FOIA) is satisfied. Some of the information you have
requested comprises the personal data of individuals other than yourself
which, if disclosed, would contravene any of the data protection
principles.

 

In particular, it would be a breach of the first data protection Principle
as set out in Article 5.1(a) of the UK GDPR, to disclose such information,
as it would not be lawful or fair to do so.

 

This is an “absolute” exemption, and so it is not necessary to balance the
public interest for and against disclosing the information.

 

Annex C

 

See attached the feedback received on the submission made in 2018 for the
2019 WEI.

 

Annex D

 

See attached the feedback received on the submission made in 2019 for the
2020 WEI.

 

Annex E

 

See attached the feedback received on the submission made in 2021 for the
2022 WEI.

 

Annex F

 

See attached two sets of notes made by FCA staff of a meeting with
Stonewall at which feedback was verbally delivered

This communication and any attachments may contain personal information.
For more information about how and why we use personal information and who
to contact with any queries about this, please see our privacy notices:
FCA Privacy Notice (https://www.fca.org.uk/data-protection) and PSR
Privacy Notice
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This communication and any attachments contain information which is
confidential and may be subject to legal privilege. It is for intended
recipients only. If you are not the intended recipient you must not copy,
distribute, publish, rely on or otherwise use it without our consent. Some
of our communications may contain confidential information which it could
be a criminal offence for you to disclose or use without authority. If you
have received this email in error please notify [email address]
immediately and delete the email from your computer. Further information
on the classification and handling of FCA information can be found on the
FCA website
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The FCA (or, if this email originates from the Payment Systems Regulator
Limited, the FCA on behalf of the Payment Systems Regulator Limited / the
Payment Systems Regulator Limited) reserves the right to monitor all email
communications for compliance with legal, regulatory and professional
standards.

This email is not intended to nor should it be taken to create any legal
relations or contractual relationships. This email has originated from the
Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), or the Payment Systems Regulator
Limited.

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is registered as a limited company
in England and Wales No. 1920623. Registered office: 12 Endeavour Square,
Stratford, London, E20 1JN, United Kingdom

The Payment Systems Regulator Limited is registered as a limited company
in England and Wales No. 8970864. Registered office: 12 Endeavour Square,
Stratford, London, E20 1JN, United Kingdom

Switchboard 020 7066 1000

Web Site http://www.fca.org.uk (FCA); http://www.psr.org.uk (the Payment
Systems Regulator Limited)

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