Information about your dealings with Stonewall CYPS #DontSubmitToStonewall

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dear Stockport Metropolitan 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 “Children and Young Peoples Services Champion” or for Children and Young People's Services 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. Any training reports you have received from Stonewall in 2019 and 2020 and details of online training completed by your staff, with staff title in 2019 & 2020. Please redact personal details if necessary.

5. 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).

6. 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.

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

Yours faithfully,

Ermine Amies

FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Freedom of Information Request

Reference: FOI 5900134

 

Dear Ms Amies,

 

We have received and logged your information request which will be treated
as a request made under the Freedom of Information (“FOI”) Act 2000.
Please quote your reference number in any correspondence.

 

We aim to provide final responses to FOI requests by no later than 20
working days after the day of receipt of a valid request.

 

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we will notify you within the above-mentioned 20 working day period,
however such fees are usually waived if they amount to less than £10.

 

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Sector Information Regulations 2015. If you receive a Council document and
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to respond to that request by no later than 20 working days.

 

Further information about FOI requests can be found via the link below.

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

Robert McCarten

CSS Officer – Information Governance

Stockport Council

Tel: 0161 474 3319

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FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

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Freedom of Information Request 

Reference: FOI 5900134 

 

Dear Ms Amies,
 

Please consider this as our formal response to your information request
which was logged under the above reference number and has been treated as
a request made under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000. 

 

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

Stockport Council is a member of the Stonewall Children and Young People’s
Champions programme. The membership agreement and the terms and conditions
are included in the attached document.

 

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

 

No feedback has been received, as the membership to the programme was
available to purchase.

 

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 LA have received communication from Stonewall in relation to resources
and training that is available to undertake. The communications are also
included in the attached document.

 

4. Any training reports you have received from Stonewall in 2019 and 2020
and details of online training completed by your staff, with staff title
in 2019 & 2020. Please redact personal details if necessary.

 

The LA haven’t received any training from Stonewall in 2019 or 2020.

 

5. 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).

 

No equality impact assessment was carried out.

 

6. 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.

2019 –  £1140.00 (incl. VAT): Stonewall Children and Young Peoples
Services Champion Programme

2020 –  £1140.00 (incl. VAT): Stonewall Children and Young Peoples
Services Champion Programme

 

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

No decision has been made in relation to any future membership with
Stonewall.

Please note, any personal information in the attached document has been
redacted. This information is exempt from disclosure under Section 40 (2),
(3A)(a) of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000, Personal
Information. We consider that disclosing any information which identifies,
may identify or concerns any individuals would be an act of unfair
processing of personal data which would contravene the first principle of
the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Article 5(1)(a). As we
consider there to be no overriding case for disclosure in the public
interest or other non-prejudicial legitimate interest, we consider it
appropriate to apply the exemption to this information in response to this
FOI request.

Documents held by Stockport Council may fall under the Re-Use of Public
Sector Information Regulations 2015. If you receive a Council document and
you wish to use that document for a new purpose, please identify the
document in question and describe how you intend to re-use it. We will aim
to respond to that request by no later than 20 working days. 

 

You can find more about FOI requests via the following link: 
 

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Commissioner’s Office (ICO) via the following contact points: 
 

Information Commissioner’s Office 

Wycliffe House 

Water Lane 

Wilmslow 

Cheshire 

SK9 5AF 

 

[3]www.ico.gov.uk 

 

0303 123 1113 

 

Kindest regards,

 

Daniel Adshead

CSS Officer – Information Governance

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Dear Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council,

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

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

Here is your response - reference: FOI 5900134 for ease of reference.

______________________________________________________________________

Stockport Council is a member of the Stonewall Children and Young People’s Champions programme. The membership agreement and the terms and conditions are included in the attached document.

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

No feedback has been received, as the membership to the programme was available to purchase.

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 LA have received communication from Stonewall in relation to resources and training that is available to undertake. The communications are also included in the attached document.

4. Any training reports you have received from Stonewall in 2019 and 2020 and details of online training completed by your staff, with staff title in 2019 & 2020. Please redact personal details if necessary.

The LA haven’t received any training from Stonewall in 2019 or 2020.

5. 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).

No equality impact assessment was carried out.

6. 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.

2019 – £1140.00 (incl. VAT): Stonewall Children and Young Peoples Services Champion Programme
2020 – £1140.00 (incl. VAT): Stonewall Children and Young Peoples Services Champion Programme

7. Whether you intend to continue your membership of any Stonewall scheme in the future, and if so which.
No decision has been made in relation to any future membership with Stonewall.
_____________________________________________________________________

Your responses to parts 2 & 3 of the request that the only information you hold is in the document sent (info on e-learning, logins and membership renewal & invoice) are not credible. Stonewall CYPS membership includes benchmarking and in depth feedback on your practice and policies, email and phone support and advice through a dedicated account manager and more.

So I do not accept that you do not hold or have access to this information (most electronically) and so can analyse and respond without exceeding the appropriate limit.

Public authorities should try to be as helpful and flexible as possible. When you review your response to my request, you may find there is a great deal of data. Please be aware that if this is the case, it is possible to comply with my request without incurring excessive costs by, for example, 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 communications requested under this request.

That, of course, would not exhaust your duty to provide me with advice and assistance: 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 and answers the request properly.

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

FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms. Amies

We have received your request for an internal review of the information request submitted under the Freedom of Information Regulations (FOI) 2000 which was logged under the above reference number.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 demands that reviews should be responded to within a 'reasonable time'.

Although a specific timescale is not dictated by legislation, Stockport Council will strive to respond to your review request within 20 working days from the date of receipt.

Kind regards

Tracey Webb
Senior Officer, Information Governance
Stockport Council | 1st Floor South Stopford House | Stockport | SK1 3XE
Direct Dial: 0161 474 4022
IG Main: 0161 474 4299
Email: [email address]

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Internal Review due 17 April

FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Aimes

 

Re: Internal Review request

 

As a member of staff who was not involved in your Freedom of Information
(FOI) request, I have undertaken an internal review of the Council’s
response to your request.

 

I have considered your original request of the 14/02/2021 and your
correspondence of the 20/03/2021 in which you requested an internal
review.

 

I have discussed your request with staff involved in this matter.  I have
had discussions with staff in Information Governance, and with the team
involved in Services to People.

 

BACKGROUND

 

You submitted a FOI request to the Council on the 14/02/2021. This was in
relation to: FOI 5900134:

 

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 “Children and Young
Peoples Services Champion” or for Children and Young People's Services 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. Any training reports you have received from Stonewall in 2019 and 2020
and details of online training completed by your staff, with staff title
in 2019 & 2020. Please redact personal details if necessary.

 

5. 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).

 

6. 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.

 

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

 

This request was acknowledged by the Council on the 15/02/2021

 

Stockport Council responded to you on the 12/03/2021 as follows:

 

Our response

 

Dear Ms Amies,

 

Please consider this as our formal response to your information request
which was logged under the above reference number and has been treated as
a request made under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000.

 

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

 

Stockport Council is a member of the Stonewall Children and Young People’s
Champions programme. The membership agreement and the terms and conditions
are included in the attached document.

 

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

 

No feedback has been received, as the membership to the programme was
available to purchase.

 

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 LA have received communication from Stonewall in relation to resources
and training that is available to undertake. The communications are also
included in the attached document.

 

4. Any training reports you have received from Stonewall in 2019 and 2020
and details of online training completed by your staff, with staff title
in 2019 & 2020. Please redact personal details if necessary.

 

The LA haven’t received any training from Stonewall in 2019 or 2020.

 

5. 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).

 

No equality impact assessment was carried out.

 

6. 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.

 

2019 –  £1140.00 (incl. VAT): Stonewall Children and Young Peoples
Services Champion Programme

2020 –  £1140.00 (incl. VAT): Stonewall Children and Young Peoples
Services Champion Programme

 

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

 

No decision has been made in relation to any future membership with
Stonewall.

 

Please note, any personal information in the attached document has been
redacted. This information is exempt from disclosure under Section 40 (2),
(3A)(a) of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000, Personal
Information. We consider that disclosing any information which identifies,
may identify or concerns any individuals would be an act of unfair
processing of personal data which would contravene the first principle of
the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Article 5(1)(a). As we
consider there to be no overriding case for disclosure in the public
interest or other non-prejudicial legitimate interest, we consider it
appropriate to apply the exemption to this information in response to this
FOI request.

 

Documents held by Stockport Council may fall under the Re-Use of Public
Sector Information Regulations 2015. If you receive a Council document and
you wish to use that document for a new purpose, please identify the
document in question and describe how you intend to re-use it. We will aim
to respond to that request by no later than 20 working days.

 

You can find more about FOI requests via the following link:

 

[1]https://www.stockport.gov.uk/freedom-of-...

 

 

You responded on the 20/03/2021 as follows:

 

Dear Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council,

 

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

 

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

 

Here is your response - reference: FOI 5900134  for ease of reference.

 

______________________________________________________________________

 

Stockport Council is a member of the Stonewall Children and Young People’s
Champions programme. The membership agreement and the terms and conditions
are included in the attached document.

 

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

 

No feedback has been received, as the membership to the programme was
available to purchase.

 

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 LA have received communication from Stonewall in relation to resources
and training that is available to undertake. The communications are also
included in the attached document.

 

4. Any training reports you have received from Stonewall in 2019 and 2020
and details of online training completed by your staff, with staff title
in 2019 & 2020. Please redact personal details if necessary.

 

The LA haven’t received any training from Stonewall in 2019 or 2020.

 

5. 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).

 

No equality impact assessment was carried out.

 

6. 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.

 

2019 –  £1140.00 (incl. VAT): Stonewall Children and Young Peoples
Services Champion Programme

 

2020 –  £1140.00 (incl. VAT): Stonewall Children and Young Peoples
Services Champion Programme

 

 

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

 

No decision has been made in relation to any future membership with
Stonewall.

 

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Review due by 21 April (adjusted for days closed over Easter).