Information about your dealings with Stonewall [Extraneous material removed]

Waiting for an internal review by Lancaster University of their handling of this request.

Dear Lancaster University,

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). Please provide any information that you hold answering to any of the following descriptions:

1. Any application you made in 2019 or 2020 to be a “Stonewall Diversity Champion” or to be included on Stonewall’s “Workplace Equality Index,” including any attachments or appendices to those applications. Please redact personal details if necessary.

2. Any feedback you received in 2019 or 2020 from Stonewall in relation to either application or programme.

3. Any other communication you have received from Stonewall in 2019 or 2020 unless privileged or otherwise exempt from disclosure (but if you claim privilege or exemption in relation to any material, please say in broad terms what the material is and the basis on which you claim to be entitled to withhold it).

4. Full details of any equality impact assessment you carried out connected with any of these applications (including any equality impact assessment carried out prior to an earlier application of the same kind, if no further assessment was done).

5. Details of the total amount of money you paid to Stonewall (i) in 2019; (ii) in 2020, whether or not as payment for goods or services.

6. Whether you intend to continue your membership of any Stonewall scheme in the future, and if so which.

Yours faithfully,

Wade Lupez

Information Governance,

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Dear Wade Lupez,
Thank you for submitting a request for information from Lancaster University under the
Freedom of Information Act.
Your request ID is: FOI-4531. Please quote this in all enquiries.
We will endeavour to respond to your request as soon as possible, and this will be
within a maximum of twenty working days from the working day following receipt. If we
do not hold the information you have requested, we will confirm this to you.
If you have supplied an email address, contact will usually be via email, otherwise,
this will be by letter.
Should we require further clarification in order to respond to your request, or if the
request is chargeable, we will contact you. We appreciate your patience while we deal
with your request. If you have an enquiry regarding your request, email:
[email address]
The personal information you have supplied will be stored by Lancaster University
under the terms of the Data Protection Act 2018 and used to process the request.
Lancaster University will never sell personal information or data or share personal
information or data with third parties unrelated to the services we provide unless we
are required to do so by law or unless you have told us you consent to our doing this.
Yours sincerely
Information Governance Team
Information Governance
Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, United Kingdom, LA1 4YW
+44 (0)1524 93247 [email address]
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Dear Wade,

 

Many thanks for submitting a Freedom Of Information request.

 

Due to the University focussing its resources towards our response to the
current pandemic, there may be possibilities of some delays to requests,
and in most cases we are unable to meet the 20 day timescale. The ICO have
released some guidance for applicants which explains that they will not be
taking regulatory action against organisations who cannot meet the
statutory timescales linked to both FOI requests and information rights
requests made under the GDPR, during the current public health crisis.

 

[1]https://ico.org.uk/media/about-the-ico/p...

 

Please be assured that we fully intend to respond to all requests but we
hope you can understand that the University has more pressing priorities
at this difficult time.

 

We apologise for any inconvenience caused

 

Best wishes,

 

The Information Governance Team

Lancaster University

Email: [2][email address]

 

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From: Information Governance <[email address]>
Sent: 05 February 2021 10:13
To: Wade Lupez <[FOI #724466 email]>
Cc: Freedom of Information <[email address]>
Subject: Your Freedom of Information Request

 

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Dear Wade Lupez,
Thank you for submitting a request for information from Lancaster University under the
Freedom of Information Act.
Your request ID is: FOI-4531. Please quote this in all enquiries.
We will endeavour to respond to your request as soon as possible, and this will be
within a maximum of twenty working days from the working day following receipt. If we
do not hold the information you have requested, we will confirm this to you.
If you have supplied an email address, contact will usually be via email, otherwise,
this will be by letter.
Should we require further clarification in order to respond to your request, or if the
request is chargeable, we will contact you. We appreciate your patience while we deal
with your request. If you have an enquiry regarding your request, email:
[9][email address]
The personal information you have supplied will be stored by Lancaster University
under the terms of the Data Protection Act 2018 and used to process the request.
Lancaster University will never sell personal information or data or share personal
information or data with third parties unrelated to the services we provide unless we
are required to do so by law or unless you have told us you consent to our doing this.
Yours sincerely
Information Governance Team
Information Governance
Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, United Kingdom, LA1 4YW
+44 (0)1524 93247 [10][email address]

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Dear Wade Lupez,
We note that within your request you have requested “any other communication you have
received from Stonewall in 2019 or 2020 unless privileged or otherwise exempt from
disclosure”. It is likely that this aspect of your request is exempt from disclosure
under section 14(1) of the Freedom of Information Act, whereby the request lacks focus
and may have been designed for the purpose of ‘fishing’ for information. In order to
be able to respond to this aspect of your request, we would ask that you provide a
topic or keyword to refine the specific communications you wish to receive.
Yours sincerely
Information Governance Team
Please note that if we do not have a response within 2 months of the date of this
email we reserve the right to close the response. If the information is still required
a new Freedom of Information request will need to be submitted.
The University aims to comply fully with its obligations under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and to ensure that the service it provides for those wishing to
gain access to information is helpful and effective.
The personal information you have supplied will be used only to process your request;
some details will be retained for our records after the request has been answered.
Only staff who are involved in processing your request will have access to this
information and this information will not be passed on to other parties unrelated to
the University unless we are required to do so by law, or where it would be necessary
to answer the request in full (in which case we would seek your consent for any
transfer).
Information Governance
Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, United Kingdom, LA1 4YW
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Dear Information Governance,

I do not accept your characterisation of my request as "fishing" for information. I am interestedin the specific facts relating to Lancaster University's decision to become a Stonewall Diversity Champion, the decision making process that was followed, and any contractual or financial arrangements.

I wish to gain access to the following information:

Any and all correspondence between Lancaster University and Stonewall UK, including attachments, relating to Lancaster University's application to become, or its status as, either a "Stonewall Diversity Champion" or to appear on the "“Workplace Equality Index".

Any correspondence between Lancaster University and Stonewall UK relating to feedback given by Stonewall on Lancaster University's applications to participate in Stonewall's schemes.

Full details of any equality impact assessment you carried out connected with any of these applications (including any equality impact assessment carried out prior to an earlier application of the same kind, if no further assessment was done).

Any correspondence between Lancaster and Stonewall UK relating to the formulation, review and implementation of Lancaster's Trans Inclusivity Policy.

Details of the total amount of money you paid to Stonewall (i) in 2019; (ii) in 2020, whether or not as payment for goods or services.

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

I trust this request is sufficiently specific and I will look forward to receiving the information requested. I am comfortable with sending further, more detailed, requests should the need arise.

Yours sincerely,

Wade Lupez

Dear Information Governance,

Please acknowledge that the previously sent request was sufficiently specific for you to process. I would be grateful if you could confirm either that compilation of the requested information is in progress or give details of any issues that are preventing this activity.

Yours sincerely,

Wade Lupez

Freedom of Information,

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Dear Wade,

 

Thank you for your email. We are working hard to fulfil your request but
we are not yet able to release a response to you. We hope you can
understand that the University has more pressing priorities at this
difficult time.

 

The ICO have [1]released guidance for individuals who have made requests
during the pandemic and this does warn that authorities are likely to have
some delay in responding to requests.

 

You have the right to raise a complaint with the Information Commissioner
and can do so via their website: [2]ico.org.uk

 

We apologise for any inconvenience the delay in responding to your request
has caused.

 

Best wishes,

 

The Information Governance Team

Lancaster University

Email: [3][email address]

 

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Dear Information Governance,

That's understood - many thanks for your response.

Yours sincerely,

Wade Lupez

Information Governance,

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Dear Wade Lupez,
Please find attached the response to your recent Freedom of Information request.
Yours sincerely
Information Governance Team
Information Governance
Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, United Kingdom, LA1 4YW
+44 (0)1524 93247 [email address]
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Dear Information Governance,

I'd like to say thank you for collating the information supplied. I will take some time to read through.

Thank you for your justification of the redactions - I completely agree with the redaction of names and email addresses, but disagree with your redaction of Stonewall's feedback. I will contact you further in the coming days to request this be reconsidered.

Once again, many thanks.

Yours sincerely,

Wade Lupez

Dear Lancaster University,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Lancaster University's handling of my FOI request 'Information about your dealings with Stonewall [Extraneous material removed]'.

Dear Lancaster University,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Lancaster University's handling of my FOI request 'Stonewall input to FOI Response'.

I do not feel that your refusal to provide Stonewall's response to Lancaster University's request for review of the University's Trans Inclusivity policy is reasonable. I do not see how Section 43 of the FOIA applies, since this does not relate to a submission to either the WEI or the DCS and therefore cannot adversely affect Stonewall's commercial activities.

Please review and provide the requested information.

I would also request that the redactions made to the text of Stonewall's emails dated 13:39 20/11/20 and 14:30 30/07/20 be removed (except those relating to the sender and recipient of the emails). I do not believe that these redactions are reasonable and am prepared to appeal them to the ICO.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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

Yours faithfully,

Wade Lupez