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Dear UK Shared Business Services Limited,

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

UK SBS FOI, UK Shared Business Services Limited

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Dear Ermine,
Our Ref: UKSBS-FOI2021-009 - Please quote this reference in all future
correspondence regarding this request.
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request, please find attached
our acknowledgement letter.
Regards

Freedom of Information Team 

Information Management, FOI, and Data Protection Team (RISC)

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From: Ermine Amies <[FOI #725149 email]>
Sent: 07 February 2021 14:41
To: UK SBS FOI <[email address]>
Subject: UKSBS-FOI2021-009: EXTERNAL: FOI - Information about your
dealings with Stonewall #DontSubmitToStonewall
 
Dear UK Shared Business Services Limited,

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

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UK SBS FOI, UK Shared Business Services Limited

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Dear Ermine,
In response to your request for information regarding any application to
Stonewall.
I have been advised by our Company Secretary that finding and collating
the information would take UKSBS out of the cost limits as set out in the
Freedom of Information Act.
Please see attached our response/exemption letter.
UKSBS will now close this request.
Regards

Freedom of Information Team 

Information Management, FOI, and Data Protection Team (RISC)

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From: Ermine Amies <[FOI #725149 email]>
Sent: 07 February 2021 14:41
To: UK SBS FOI <[email address]>
Subject: UKSBS-FOI2021-009: EXTERNAL: FOI - Information about your
dealings with Stonewall #DontSubmitToStonewall
 
Dear UK Shared Business Services Limited,

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

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[FOI #725149 email]

Is [UKSBS request email] the wrong address for Freedom of Information
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Dear UK SBS FOI,

You have claimed Section 12 exemption without providing me with effective advice and assistance to shape and refine my request so you can respond without exceeding the appropriate limit.

I direct your attention to your section 16 duty to provide me with advice and assistance.

To make it possible for you to comply without incurring excessive costs, I suggest you provide a list of the custodians (by job title; I do not need to know names) you believe to have been the recipients of communications requested.

That, of course, does not exhaust your duty to provide me with advice and assistance: you should also turn your minds to any 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.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Ermine Amies

UK SBS FOI, UK Shared Business Services Limited

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UK OFFICIAL

Dear Ermine,

 

Our Ref: UKSBS-FOI2021-016 - Please quote this reference in all future
correspondence regarding this request.

 

Thank you for contacting the UKSBS Freedom of Information Team, please see
attached our acknowledgement letter.

 

Best regards

 

Freedom of Information Team

Information Management, FOI and Data Protection Team (RISC)

UKSBS

 

 

From: Ermine Amies <[FOI #725149 email]>
Sent: 14 March 2021 22:22
To: UK SBS FOI <[email address]>
Subject: Re: UKSBS-FOI2021-016: EXTERNAL: FOI - Information about your
dealings with Stonewall #DontSubmitToStonewall

 

Dear UK SBS FOI,

 

You have claimed Section 12 exemption without providing me with effective
advice and assistance to shape and refine my request so you can respond
without exceeding the appropriate limit.

 

I direct your attention to your section 16 duty to provide me with advice
and assistance.

 

To make it possible for you to comply without incurring excessive costs, I
suggest you provide a list of the custodians (by job title; I do not need
to know names) you believe to have been the recipients of communications
requested.

 

That, of course, does not exhaust your duty to provide me with advice and
assistance: you should also turn your minds to any 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.

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Yours sincerely,

Ermine Amies

 

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Dear UK Shared Business Services Limited,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of UK Shared Business Services Limited's handling of my FOI request 'Information about your dealings with Stonewall #DontSubmitToStonewall'.

Please review UKSBS-FOI2021-016

You have provided no information. You have suggested that this is submitted as separate FOI requests ie 6 separate FOI requests.

Your reply includes : “There has been a significant amount of communications in this two year period and our advice would be, if this request were redefined in scope to ‘communications specifically related to UKSBS’ Stonewall application’ this would assist in limiting the amount of information/communications that we would need to search for and consider for disclosure. “

You did not assist me with a list of job titles to use for limiting the amount of info. This will make it possible for you to manage the significant amount of communications so you can answer parts 2 & 3 and respond to all the other parts of the request, capturing a representative picture of your dealings with Stonewall without exceeding the appropriate limit and without submitting 6 separate FOI requests to you.

I do not know what request you now intend to address "With regards to paragraph 3, your redefined scope of ask request"). You refer to paragraph number 3 and do not state what you consider the "redefined scope of ask request" is.

Please review.

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,

Ermine Amies

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Summary of Communications:

7 Feb FOI request
8 Feb Your acknowledgment letter and separate s12 exemption letter
14 March Request for s16 assistance
16 March Your response - PDF shown below for ease of reference - note: response date “you will hear from us on or before 8 March 2021”. [sic]

UKSBS-FOI2021-016

15 March 2021

Dear Ermine,

Thank you for your request for information dated 14 March 2021 concerning:

You have claimed Section 12 exemption without providing me with effective advice and assistance to shape and refine my request so you can respond without exceeding the appropriate limit.

I direct your attention to your section 16 duty to provide me with advice and assistance.

To make it possible for you to comply without incurring excessive costs, I suggest you provide a list of the custodians (by job title; I do not need to know names) you believe to have been the recipients of communications requested.

That, of course, does not exhaust your duty to provide me with advice and assistance: you should also turn your minds to any 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.

With regards to paragraphs 1 and 2 we would direct your attention to the paragraph included in our response S12 Exemption Letter:

If you wish to significantly narrow the parameters of the information that you are requesting, we will endeavour to fulfil your request. As per the FOIA regulations we will close this request, any further requests will be treated as a new incident.

With regards to paragraph 4, and pertaining to our Section 16 duty, may I suggest that the information you originally requested be broken down into individual requests. This may bring each request to within cost parameters.

Additionally, Question 3 of your original request asks for all communication we have
received from Stonewall in 2019 or 2020 unless privileged or otherwise exempt from
disclosure. There has been a significant amount of communications in this two year period and our advice would be, if this request were redefined in scope to ‘communications specifically related to UKSBS’ Stonewall application’ this would assist in limiting the amount of information/communications that we would need to search for and consider for disclosure.

With regards to paragraph 3, your redefined scope of ask request is being handled under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, and you will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act, which means you will hear from us on or before 8 March 2021. [sic]

Yours sincerely,

UKSBS Freedom of Information Team

UK SBS FOI, UK Shared Business Services Limited

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UK OFFICIAL

Dear Ermine,

 

Thank you for your email.

Your request for an Internal Review has been considered and our response
is attached.

Regards

 

Freedom of Information Team

Information Management, FOI and Data Protection Team (RISC)

UKSBS

 

 

 

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Dear UK SBS FOI,

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Ermine Amies

Dear UK SBS FOI,

I will wait for your response to UKSBS-FOI2021-016

Yours sincerely,

Ermine Amies

UK SBS FOI, UK Shared Business Services Limited

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Dear Ermine,
Having assessed your request please find attached our response letter.
We shall now close this case.
Best regards

Freedom of Information Team 

Information Management, FOI, and Data Protection Team (RISC)

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From: Ermine Amies <[FOI #725149 email]>
Sent: 28 March 2021 10:15
To: UK SBS FOI <[email address]>
Subject: RE: UKSBS-FOI2021-016: EXTERNAL: Internal Review Request -
Information about your dealings with Stonewall #DontSubmitToStonewall
 
Dear UK SBS FOI,
I will wait for your response to UKSBS-FOI2021-016
Yours sincerely,
Ermine Amies

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