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Information about your dealings with Stonewall [Extraneous material removed]

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Dear City of York 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,

C Gleave

foi@york.gov.uk, City of York Council

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Fax: 01625 524 510
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Information governance, complaints and feedback team

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Dear C Gleave

 

Please find attached a letter providing a response to your Freedom of
Information request - Information about your dealings with Stonewall
#DontSubmitToStonewall. Along with email communications from Stonewall.

 

Regards

 

Linda How | Performance and Change HR Manager    

I am currently working from home please contact me via mobile, email or
skype call

m: 07508 272568 |  e: [1][email address]

 

City of York Council | Customers and Business Support

Human Resources | West Offices, Station Rise | York YO1 6GA

[2]www.york.gov.uk | [3]facebook.com/cityofyork |[4]@CityofYork

 

Working together, to improve and make a difference

 

Please note that I work flexibly - so whilst it suits me to email outside
normal working hours, I do not expect a response outside your own

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear City of York Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of City of York Council's handling of my FOI request 'Information about your dealings with Stonewall.

I am not persuaded that a full account has been provided in answer to the questions I originally asked. Namely, no information has been provided as to applications made in 2019 and 2020; no feedback has been sent through regarding that application from Stonewall; no details of any Equality Impact Assessment has been submitted (or evidence that one was carried out); no indication has been given as to whether York City Council intends to maintain their membership of the scheme and no details provided of any money paid to Stonewall for services provided.

Such information will and ought to be available. As a member of the Diversity Champion Scheme Stonewall will have provided feedback in the form of email communications that are disclosable under FOI legislation.

I do not think your approach to this question is consistent with your duty under section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act to provide advice and assistance to me as a person who has requested information from you, and I would ask you to have careful regard to that duty in dealing with this application for review. In particularly, if you consider that taken literally my request would put you to excessive cost, but you can see a different way of formulating my request that would make it possible for you to respond in substance, then you should suggest that reformulation and offer to respond accordingly.

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,

C Gould

Information Governance - CYC, City of York Council

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As we are all facing unprecedented challenges during the Coronavirus
(COVID-19) pandemic, please be aware that we may take longer to respond to
your request.

 

 

For information:

 

·        The timescale for responding to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
and Environmental Information Regulation (EIR) requests is up to 20
working days.  We will contact you promptly if we need you to clarify your
request or an extension to complete a public interest test.

 

 

·        The timescale for responding to requests for a review, for FOIA
or EIR responses, is up to 20 working days.  You are also able to contact
the Information Commissioner, contact details below:

 

 

·        The timescale for responding to your rights in relation to
personal data eg: subject access to records (SAR) request, is up to 1
month.  We will contact you promptly if we require further information
from you, or an extension.

 

 

·        The timescale for responding to requests for a review, of
responses to your rights regarding personal data, is up to 1 month. You
are also able to contact the Information Commissioner, contact details
below:

 

 

Information Commissioner's Office

 

Wycliffe House Water Lane

 

Wilmslow

 

Cheshire

 

SK9 5AF

 

Tel: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745 if you prefer to use a
national rate number

 

Fax: 01625 524 510

 

Or email: [1][email address] (please include your telephone number in
your email)

 

 

You can find more information about how we deal with Freedom of
Information Requests at

 

 

[2]https://www.york.gov.uk/freedom-informat...

 

 

You can find information about how the Corporate Governance Team deals
with your personal information at

 

 

[3]https://www.york.gov.uk/privacy/Corporat...

 

 

Regards

 

 

Corporate Governance Team

 

 

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Dear C Gleave

 

I have now completed a review of how the council has dealt with your
request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

 

You do not believe that you have been provided a full response:

 

·      no information has been provided as to applications made in 2019
and 2020

 

·      no feedback has been sent through regarding that application from
Stonewall

 

·      no details of any Equality Impact Assessment has been submitted (or
evidence that one was carried out)

 

·      no indication has been given as to whether York City Council
intends to maintain their membership of the scheme and no details provided
of any money paid to Stonewall for services provided.

 

Looking at the response it explains that there is not an application
process to be a Stonewall Diversity Champion it is a membership and City
of York Council do not hold any application information. City of York
Council did not make any application to be included in Stonewalls
“Workplace Equality Index,” in 2019 and 2020 therefore we do not hold this
information.

 

It further explained that we do not hold any information in relation to
feedback received from Stonewall with regards either application or
programme as we have not applied for either in 2019 or 2020. It also
states that no EIA was completed as no applications were made. Therefore
this information is not held.

 

It also advised that no decision has been made to whether the council will
maintain its membership.

 

Recommendations/Conclusions

 

I can confirm that the council has provided you with all the information
we hold therefore this complaint is Not Upheld.

 

If you remain dissatisfied you can now contact the Information
Commissioner, contact details below:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Tel: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745 if you prefer to use a
national rate number

Fax: 01625 524 510
Or email: [1][email address] (please include your telephone number)

 

Yours sincerely,

 

City of York Council  |  Corporate Governance Team

West Offices | Station Rise | York YO1 6GA

[2]www.york.gov.uk | [3]facebook.com/cityofyork | [4]@CityofYork

 

 

 

 

You can find information about how the Corporate Governance Team uses your
personal information at

[5]https://www.york.gov.uk/privacy/Corporat...

 

 

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