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Dear National Savings and Investments,
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,

Stewart Gibb

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FOI reference: 2021.02.01

 

Dear Stewart Gibb

 

Request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)

 

Thank you for your email received by NS&I on 4 February 2021 requesting
information regarding NS&I’s dealings with Stonewall.

 

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FOI reference:2021.02.01

 

Date: 01 March 2021

 

Request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

Dear Stewart Gibb

 

Thank you for your email of 4 February requesting information regarding
NS&I’s dealings with Stonewall.

 

Your Request

 

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.

 

Our Response

 

1. NS&I was a Stonewall Diversity Champion for one year in 2019-20. We
completed a purchase order to Stonewall in order to become a Diversity
Champion. NS&I did not apply to be included on the Stonewall Equality
Index.

 

2. No feedback was received.

 

3. I have attached copies of all communications NS&I received from
Stonewall in 2019 and 2020. Any information redacted from the emails has
been done so as it contains personal information and is exempt under
Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act as we are not obliged to
provide information that is the personal information of another person if
releasing it would contravene any of the provisions in the Data Protection
Act 2018.

 

NS&I’s Stonewall Diversity Champion membership  gave us access to various
online resources, subsidised places at a conference, and a service liaison
manager with whom we had at least one face-to-face meeting where they took
us through the criteria for the Workplace Equality Index.

 

Diversity Champion membership also gave NS&I the option of placing five
job vacancy advertisements on Stonewall’s website. We placed four ads
there during 2019-2020.

 

4. NS&I used the Workplace Equality Index criteria to look more broadly
across all the equality characteristics to see if we were falling short on
any (while recognising each specific characteristic might have certain
different needs too). Based on this review we updated several of our HR
policies.

 

5. We made one payment to Stonewall in April 2019 of £2500 + VAT (£500)
for our Diversity Championship membership. This membership lapsed in April
2020.

 

6. At this point we have no immediate plans to re-instate our membership
but we keep all such plans under review.

 

Disclosure of this information does not authorise any rights of reuse
under the Reuse of Public Sector Information Regulation 2015 (ROPSIR).
Requests under ROPSIR are to be directed to NS&I at either
[1][NS&I request email] or:

 

Freedom of Information Unit

NS&I

1 Drummond Gate

London

SW1V 2QX

 

I trust this satisfies your request. If you are unhappy with the service
you have received in relation to your FOIA request, you have the right to
have this response reviewed within 2 months of the date of this
communication, initially by our internal review process and, if you remain
unhappy with the response, by the Information Commissioner. If you would
like to have this response reviewed please write to the NS&I Freedom of
Information Team at Freedom of Information Team, 1 Drummond Gate, London,
SW1V 2QX or email [2][email address]. Please remember to quote your
reference number in any future communications regarding this request.

 

Your sincerely

 

Michael Speight

FOI Team NS&I

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Emails attached (part one), sending as two parts as the files are too
large.

 

Thanks

 

Michael

 

From: [NS&I request email]
Sent: 01 March 2021 09:20
To: '[FOI #724358 email]'
<[FOI #724358 email]>
Subject: 2021.02.01_Gibb_Response_1.3.2021

 

FOI reference:2021.02.01

 

Date: 01 March 2021

 

Request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

Dear Stewart Gibb

 

Thank you for your email of 4 February requesting information regarding
NS&I’s dealings with Stonewall.

 

Your Request

 

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.

 

Our Response

 

1. NS&I was a Stonewall Diversity Champion for one year in 2019-20. We
completed a purchase order to Stonewall in order to become a Diversity
Champion. NS&I did not apply to be included on the Stonewall Equality
Index.

 

2. No feedback was received.

 

3. I have attached copies of all communications NS&I received from
Stonewall in 2019 and 2020. Any information redacted from the emails has
been done so as it contains personal information and is exempt under
Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act as we are not obliged to
provide information that is the personal information of another person if
releasing it would contravene any of the provisions in the Data Protection
Act 2018.

 

NS&I’s Stonewall Diversity Champion membership  gave us access to various
online resources, subsidised places at a conference, and a service liaison
manager with whom we had at least one face-to-face meeting where they took
us through the criteria for the Workplace Equality Index.

 

Diversity Champion membership also gave NS&I the option of placing five
job vacancy advertisements on Stonewall’s website. We placed four ads
there during 2019-2020.

 

4. NS&I used the Workplace Equality Index criteria to look more broadly
across all the equality characteristics to see if we were falling short on
any (while recognising each specific characteristic might have certain
different needs too). Based on this review we updated several of our HR
policies.

 

5. We made one payment to Stonewall in April 2019 of £2500 + VAT (£500)
for our Diversity Championship membership. This membership lapsed in April
2020.

 

6. At this point we have no immediate plans to re-instate our membership
but we keep all such plans under review.

 

Disclosure of this information does not authorise any rights of reuse
under the Reuse of Public Sector Information Regulation 2015 (ROPSIR).
Requests under ROPSIR are to be directed to NS&I at either
[1][NS&amp;I request email] or:

 

Freedom of Information Unit

NS&I

1 Drummond Gate

London

SW1V 2QX

 

I trust this satisfies your request. If you are unhappy with the service
you have received in relation to your FOIA request, you have the right to
have this response reviewed within 2 months of the date of this
communication, initially by our internal review process and, if you remain
unhappy with the response, by the Information Commissioner. If you would
like to have this response reviewed please write to the NS&I Freedom of
Information Team at Freedom of Information Team, 1 Drummond Gate, London,
SW1V 2QX or email [2][email address]. Please remember to quote your
reference number in any future communications regarding this request.

 

Your sincerely

 

Michael Speight

FOI Team NS&I

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Part two.

 

Michael

 

From: [NS&amp;I request email]
Sent: 01 March 2021 09:25
To: '[FOI #724358 email]'
<[FOI #724358 email]>
Subject: RE: 2021.02.01_Gibb_Response_1.3.2021

 

Emails attached (part one), sending as two parts as the files are too
large.

 

Thanks

 

Michael

 

From: [NS&amp;I request email]
Sent: 01 March 2021 09:20
To: '[FOI #724358 email]'
<[FOI #724358 email]>
Subject: 2021.02.01_Gibb_Response_1.3.2021

 

FOI reference:2021.02.01

 

Date: 01 March 2021

 

Request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

Dear Stewart Gibb

 

Thank you for your email of 4 February requesting information regarding
NS&I’s dealings with Stonewall.

 

Your Request

 

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.

 

Our Response

 

1. NS&I was a Stonewall Diversity Champion for one year in 2019-20. We
completed a purchase order to Stonewall in order to become a Diversity
Champion. NS&I did not apply to be included on the Stonewall Equality
Index.

 

2. No feedback was received.

 

3. I have attached copies of all communications NS&I received from
Stonewall in 2019 and 2020. Any information redacted from the emails has
been done so as it contains personal information and is exempt under
Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act as we are not obliged to
provide information that is the personal information of another person if
releasing it would contravene any of the provisions in the Data Protection
Act 2018.

 

NS&I’s Stonewall Diversity Champion membership  gave us access to various
online resources, subsidised places at a conference, and a service liaison
manager with whom we had at least one face-to-face meeting where they took
us through the criteria for the Workplace Equality Index.

 

Diversity Champion membership also gave NS&I the option of placing five
job vacancy advertisements on Stonewall’s website. We placed four ads
there during 2019-2020.

 

4. NS&I used the Workplace Equality Index criteria to look more broadly
across all the equality characteristics to see if we were falling short on
any (while recognising each specific characteristic might have certain
different needs too). Based on this review we updated several of our HR
policies.

 

5. We made one payment to Stonewall in April 2019 of £2500 + VAT (£500)
for our Diversity Championship membership. This membership lapsed in April
2020.

 

6. At this point we have no immediate plans to re-instate our membership
but we keep all such plans under review.

 

Disclosure of this information does not authorise any rights of reuse
under the Reuse of Public Sector Information Regulation 2015 (ROPSIR).
Requests under ROPSIR are to be directed to NS&I at either
[1][NS&amp;I request email] or:

 

Freedom of Information Unit

NS&I

1 Drummond Gate

London

SW1V 2QX

 

I trust this satisfies your request. If you are unhappy with the service
you have received in relation to your FOIA request, you have the right to
have this response reviewed within 2 months of the date of this
communication, initially by our internal review process and, if you remain
unhappy with the response, by the Information Commissioner. If you would
like to have this response reviewed please write to the NS&I Freedom of
Information Team at Freedom of Information Team, 1 Drummond Gate, London,
SW1V 2QX or email [2][email address]. Please remember to quote your
reference number in any future communications regarding this request.

 

Your sincerely

 

Michael Speight

FOI Team NS&I

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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