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Jess Silverstone made this Freedom of Information request to National Citizens Service Trust

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Dear National Citizens Service Trust,

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,

Jess Silverstone

NCS FoI, National Citizens Service Trust

Ref No:  FOI35

Dear Jess Silverstone, 

Thank you for your email requesting the following information:

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

We are treating your correspondence as a request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. You should expect to receive a response
to your request within 20 working days from the day when your request was
originally received, 03/03/2021.

If you have any queries about this request do not hesitate to contact us.
Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications. 

Kind Regards,

NCS FOI Team

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NCS FoI, National Citizens Service Trust

Ref: FOI35

Dear Jess Silverstone,

Please see National Citizens Service Trust response to your Freedom Of
Information Request received by NCS FOI team dated 04.02.2021.

Question 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.

Answer: NCS made no application to be included in “Stonewall Diversity
Champion” or “Workplace Equality Index”.

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

Answer: NCS made no application to be included in “Stonewall Diversity
Champion” or “Workplace Equality Index”.

Question 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).

NCS is unable to provide all communications received from Stonewall
between 2019 and 2020 as, from our preliminary assessment, gathering this
information would exceed reasonable cost in time spent by public authority
staff as described in Freedom of Information Act 2000 Part 1 Section 12. 

Under the Fees Regulations, a public authority can cost the level of work
at a rate of £25 per hour, up to a maximum fee of £450. It is estimated
that determining if we hold the information would take approximately 10
hours (£250.00) as the information would sit with various staff members in
various different aspects of the business. Locating and extracting the
information, retrieving the information, and subsequent extraction of
disclosable information from the documents containing the information we
estimate would take approximately 12 hours (£300). This will bring the
total cost to at least £550.00, which is in excess of the £450.00, or
18-hours, threshold as set out in the Fees Regulations. 

In order to assist you, we would be grateful if you narrowed the scope of
your request, either by more specific dates, or by the topic or type of
information you seek access to. Following this clarification NCS FOI team
will assess if we are able to comply with your request.

Question 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).

Answer: NCS made no applications to Stonewall therefore no equality impact
assessments were carried out

Question 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.

Answer:

There was one payment made to Stonewall Equality LTD London for an annual
membership for the Children and Young Peoples Services (CYPS). Payment was
made on 30/01/2020 for a total of 1,140 GBP.

NCS Trust joined Stonewalls’ Children and Young People Services Champions
Programme in November 2019. This annual membership is aimed at any
organisation seeking to ensure the services they deliver are inclusive of
LGBT young people. 

[1]https://www.stonewall.org.uk/children-an...

NCS Trust opted to not renew this membership when the annual subscription
expired in November 2020. 

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

Answer: Membership for Children and Young People's Services (CYPS) ended
November 2020. There has been no business decision made on if NCS will
renew CYPS membership in the future. 

Next Steps

 

We hope the attached response is clear . If you have any further queries
please do not hesitate to contact us on this email address.

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Yours sincerely,                                               

The NCS Trust FOI Team

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