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Alice Kell made this Freedom of Information request to Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

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Dear Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service,

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,

Alice Kell

Leanne Mellors, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

Dear Ms Kell

Thank you for your email. Your request for information was received on 4 February 2021 and is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. We have 20 working days to respond, therefore I will contact you again on, or before 3 March 2021. In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, I will let you know the likely charges before proceeding.

If you have any queries about this, please contact me.

Yours sincerely

Leanne Mellors.

Sent on behalf of:
Louise Taylor - Solicitor & Information Officer For Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service, Butterley Hall, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3RS, Tel 01773 305305 Ext 5430 | Email [email address]

Leanne Mellors
PA to Director of Corporate Services – Judi Beresford

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service 🚒 | People & Organisational Development | Headquarters | Butterley Hall | Ripley | Derbyshire | DE5 3RS | | 01773 305445 | Ext 5445 | 07595 243567 | [email address]

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Louise Taylor, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

Dear Alice

 

I write in response to your email of 4 February 2021 in which you
submitted an information request to the Service. Your request has been
dealt with in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)
and our response is below.

 

Please note that, whilst Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service has a
responsibility to provide the requested information within 20 working
days, with the current Covid-19 pandemic, we have been unable to complete
our response to some questions but work is continuing and we aim to
respond in full on or before 31 March 2021. As an emergency service, our
first priority is the public and to maintain our service to them, as such
our workforce must be prepared to be as flexible as possible meaning some
areas may be diverted away from certain tasks to temporarily work outside
normal roles and responsibilities during this extraordinary period.

Please note that a fee may be payable and, if that is the case, we will
let you know the likely charges before proceeding. 

Please be assured we are doing all we can to process your request and will
endeavour to provide the information as soon as possible.

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.

We have paid for Membership of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme
as detailed in our response to question 5 below. We submitted a Workplace
Equality Index application in September 2019 for 2020. No application has
been made in 2020 for 2021. You have made a request for copy applications
made in 2019 or 2020 by Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service. The application
in 2019 includes names and contact details of individuals. Please note
that section 40(3) of FOIA provides an exemption from the right to
information if disclosure of the information to a member of the public
would contravene any of the data protection principles. If this is
necessary then I will send you a Refusal Notice on this but we are doing
all we can to process your request by redacting personal details and we
will endeavour to provide the information as soon as possible.

 

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

You have made a request for copy feedback held by or originated by
Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service. We are not yet in a position to respond
to this request but we are doing all we can to process your request and
will endeavour to provide the information as soon as possible.

 

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).

You have made a request for copy communications from Stonewall in 2019 or
2020 held by Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service. We are not yet in a
position to respond to this request but we are doing all we can to process
your request and will endeavour to provide the information as soon as
possible.

 

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).

You have made a request for full details of any equality impact assessment
held by Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service. We are not yet in a position to
respond to this request but we are doing all we can to process your
request and will endeavour to provide the information as soon as possible.

 

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.

We have made no payments for goods or services. The total amount of money
paid to Stonewall in 2019 and 2020 was:

(i)               2019 Stonewall Membership £2,500 + VAT.

(ii)             2020 Stonewall Membership £2,500 + VAT.

 

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

We are not continuing membership of any Stonewall scheme or programme at
this time.

 

We will contact you again on or before 31 March 2021 with regard to the
outstanding requests.

 

Your right to request an internal review of our decision

If you are not satisfied with this response or you wish to complain about
any aspect of the handling of your request, then you should contact our
Data protection Officer (details below).  If informal resolution is not
possible and you are still dissatisfied then you may apply for an
independent internal review by our Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive. 
Please note that any request for an internal review must be made within 40
working days of the date on which the attempt to reach informal resolution
has come to an end.

Email: [1][email address]

Telephone: 01773 305430

Data Protection Officer

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service
Headquarters
Butterley Hall

Ripley, Derby DE5 3RS

 

Your right to appeal

If you’re still unhappy after we have responded to your complaint, you
have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner:

 

The Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Telephone: 0303 123 1113

Website: [2]www.ico.org.uk    

 

Further details of the role and powers of the Information Commissioner can
be found on the Commissioner’s website: [3]http://www.ico.gov.uk

 

There is no charge for making an appeal.

 

Yours sincerely

Louise Taylor - Solicitor & Monitoring Officer

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service

Joint Police & Fire Headquarters, Butterley Hall, Ripley DE5 3RS

Main Tel: 01773 305305 | Direct Tel: 01773 305430

 

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