Information about your dealings with Stonewall [Extraneous material removed]

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Dear Warrington Borough Council,

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,

Ermine Amies

FOI, Warrington Borough Council

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FOI ACE, Warrington Borough Council

Dear Ermine,

Freedom of Information Act Request – FOI/CORP/3351

 

Thank you for your request received on 06/02/2021 regarding Stonewall.

 

Your request has been logged and we are hoping to provide a response you
within the statutory 20 working days.

 

Due to the unprecedented challenges we are all facing during the
Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Council may not be able to provide a
response to your request within the statutory 20 working days. This is due
to the likelihood of resources being prioritised on the delivery of
services to our most vulnerable residents.

 

To find out further information about this please see our website:
[1]https://www.warrington.gov.uk/dealing-fo...

 

Please accept our sincere apologises for this and any inconvenience this
may cause you.

 

Thank you in anticipation of your co-operation and patience.

 

Please use this reference number above in any further correspondence
relating to your request.

Many thanks

 

The FOI Administrator

 

 

 

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Dear Ermine Amies,

 

Freedom of Information Act Request – FOI/CORP/3351

 

Further to your Freedom of Information request we received on 06/02/2021,
please see the attached response.

 

 

Many thanks

 

 

The FOI Administrator

 

 

 

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Dear Gareth,

Thank you for your response. Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Warrington Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Information about your dealings with Stonewall #DontSubmitToStonewall'.

Your response omits information requested so this is to request an internal review.

Your response to part 1, 2 &3 of the request was:
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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.

The Council joined the Diversity Champions Programme in 2019 and renewed its membership in 2020.

The Council has not submitted an application to the Workplace Equality Index.

Therefore we do not hold the information as specified within your request.

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

As a member of the Diversity Champions Programme the Council has access to a dedicated account manager who provides support and advice on specific LGBT+ matters in Warrington. Access to a wide range of online training, resources and networking opportunities are provided.

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).

The council receives regular newsletters from the Stonewall Account Manager and the national organisation. Information about training events and networking opportunities are also received from Stonewall.
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Stonewall membership includes step-by-step guidance, review of your policies and introductions to other organisations.

So I do not accept that you do not hold communications from Stonewall including policy advice on HR policies from Stonewall and requests for lobbying action on the GRA and other matters.

Please review.

In your internal review, you may decide Section 12 exemption applies. I direct your attention to your section 16 duty to provide me with advice and assistance to help me to refine my request. For example, it could make it possible for you to comply without incurring excessive costs by providing me with a list of the custodians (by job title; I do not need to know names) you believe to have been the recipients of such communications.

That, of course, would not exhaust your duty to provide me with advice and assistance as there may be other ways in which you can help me to refine my request so that it captures a representative picture of your dealings with Stonewall without exceeding the appropriate limit.

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

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Ermine Amies

Note: For ease of reference, in response to parts 4,5 & 6 you said:

4. No equality impact assessment was carried out.

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

The annual membership fee for the Diversity Champions Programme is £2,500. The council has not paid for any specific goods or services.

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

This will be considered when the council’s current membership expires.

FOI, Warrington Borough Council

Thank you for contacting Warrington Borough Council.
 
Requests for Information
 
During the current emergency situation, and the need to prioritise the
Councils resources to support our most vulnerable residents,  we may take
longer to respond to new information requests or to any queries regarding
requests already submitted.
 
While your right of access remains unchanged, we would ask that where
possible you check the Council’s website
via [1]http://wwww.warrington.gov.uk prior to submitting a request as the
information which you require may already be published and available.
 
Thank you in anticipation of your co-operation and patience.
 
This is an automated email from:
[Warrington Borough Council request email]
 
Please do not reply to this email.
 
 

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Internal review due by 9 April.

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Dear Ermine Amies,

 

FOI/CORP/3351 (Internal Review Request) - Acknowledgement

 

Thank you for your request for an internal review in regards to your
original FOI request that the Council responded to.

 

Please accept our sincere apologies for the delay in responding to your
email.

 

Your internal review request has been logged, and has been passed to one
of the Council’s FOI internal review officers.

 

Under the FOIA 2000, internal reviews should usually be completed within
20 working days but can be extended in certain circumstances. If the
Council is not going to be able to respond within the usual 20 working
days, we will notify you as soon as we become aware of this.

 

Please note that due to the unprecedented challenges we are all facing
during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Council may not be able to
provide a response to your internal review request within the statutory
timescales. This is due to the likelihood of resources being prioritised
on the delivery of services to our most vulnerable residents.

 

To find out further information about this please see our website:
[1]https://www.warrington.gov.uk/dealing-fo...

 

Please accept our sincere apologises for this and any inconvenience this
may cause you.

 

Thank you in anticipation of your co-operation and patience.

 

Please use this reference number above in any further correspondence
relating to your request.

 

 

Regards

 

 

FOI Internal Review Team

Email: [2][email address]

 

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Dear FOI Internal Reviews,

Thank you. l look forward to your review by 3 June.

Yours sincerely,

Ermine Amies

FOI Internalreviews, Warrington Borough Council

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Dear Ermine Amies,

 

FOI/CORP/3351 (Internal Review Request) - Response

 

Further to your request for an internal review in regards to the above
Freedom of Information request we received on 15^th March 2021, please see
the attached response.

 

Please accept the Council’s sincere apologies for the delay in responding
to your internal review request.

 

 

Regards

 

 

FOI Internal Review Team

Email: [1][email address]

 

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Dear FOI Internal Reviews,

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Ermine Amies

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More info provided in the internal review. Since the original response, Warrington Borough Council has decided not to review the membership which will expire May 2021.