Information about your funding to Stonewall

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Dave Bratt - Voice for Justice UK

Dear West Midlands Fire Service,

1. In respect of each of the years 2015-2021, please confirm what funding has been provided to Stonewall by:

West Midlands Fire Service

2. Please specify whether the funding in 1 above has been in the form of:
(a) direct grants for unlimited purposes;
(b) direct grants for limited purposes (in that event, stating the purpose);
(c) payment for goods or services (specifying the relevant goods and services).

3. Where the funding in 1 above has been by way of payment for goods or services, please specify:
(a) what analysis has been conducted to ascertain whether these goods or services meet contractual and/or legal requirements;
(b) what contractual or other recourse exists to reclaim in respect of goods or services that are defective, substandard or delivered in contravention of the law;
(c) what steps are being taken to seek recourse for any such contractual or legal shortfalls.

4. In respect of the payments referred to in 1 above, please state:
(a) What criteria were applied in deciding to make payments by way of direct grants;
(b) What tendering process was conducted with regard to provision of goods or services;
(c) What alternative suppliers of goods or services were considered.

Yours faithfully,

Dave Bratt - Voice for Justice UK

Asif Malik, West Midlands Fire Service

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Ref: FOI/21135

 

Dear Mr. Bratt

 

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

 

I can confirm that we have received your request concerning Stonewall
funding.  Your request was received on 13^th December 2021 and I am
dealing with it under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  

In certain circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, I
will let you know. A fees notice will be issued to you, and you will be
required to pay this before we will proceed to deal with the request.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me on 0121 380
6561. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

 

 

Thank you,

 

Kind Regards

 

Data Processor

Data Management

West Midlands Fire Service

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Asif Malik, West Midlands Fire Service

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Ref: FOI/21135

 

Dear Mr. Bratt

 

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST  

 

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the
information requested on 13^th December 2021

 

 

Please find below a summary of our findings.

 

Request.

1. In respect of each of the years 2015-2021, please confirm what funding
has been provided to Stonewall by:

 

West Midlands Fire Service

 

2. Please specify whether the funding in 1 above has been in the form of:

(a) direct grants for unlimited purposes.

 

Reply

 

None

 

Request.

 

(b) direct grants for limited purposes (in that event, stating the
purpose);

 

Reply

 

None

 

Request.

 

(c) payment for goods or services (specifying the relevant goods and
services).

 

Reply

 

Stonewall membership

2016 £3360  plus £190 in conference fees

2017 £2500   plus £325 in conference fees

2018 £2500   plus £600 in conference fees

2019 £2500   plus £460 in conference fees

2020 £2500   last year we were members

 

Request.

 

3. Where the funding in 1 above has been by way of payment for goods or
services, please specify:

(a) what analysis has been conducted to ascertain whether these goods or
services meet contractual and/or legal requirements;

 

Reply

 

Contract management is monitored by the DICE team who have regular contact
with the provider.

 

Request

 

(b) what contractual or other recourse exists to reclaim in respect of
goods or services that are defective, substandard or delivered in
contravention of the law;

 

Reply

 

WMFS standard terms and conditions and the Sales of Goods and Service Act
1982.

 

Request

 

(c) what steps are being taken to seek recourse for any such contractual
or legal shortfalls.

 

Reply

 

Not applicable

 

Request

 

4. In respect of the payments referred to in 1 above, please state:

(a) What criteria were applied in deciding to make payments by way of
direct grants;

 

Reply

 

No direct grants made

 

Request

 

(b) What tendering process was conducted with regard to provision of goods
or services;

 

Reply

 

A contract of this low value does not require a tender process.

 

Request

 

(c) What alternative suppliers of goods or services were considered.  

 

Reply

 

Employers network for Equality and Inclusion and Top 50 inclusive
employers

 

If you have any queries about this freedom of information request, please
contact us.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any
future communications.

 

For service complaints, issues or comments regarding this request please
contact The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99
Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

 

Further information concerning Freedom of Information requests can be
found on the Information Commissioner website at either the following
link: [1]https://ico.org.uk/ or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
SK9 5AF.

 

 

 

Thank you,

 

Kind Regards

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Dave Bratt - Voice for Justice UK

Dear Asif Malik,

Thank you for your reply. You have stated that West Midlands Fire Service paid the following amounts to Stonewall;

"2016 £3360 plus £190 in conference fees
2017 £2500 plus £325 in conference fees
2018 £2500 plus £600 in conference fees
2019 £2500 plus £460 in conference fees
2020 £2500 last year we were members"

Could you kindly clarify the following points?
i) are the payment figures listed ex-vat or inclusive?
ii) for each conference fee listed, could you please provide the titles of conferences attended, the per-attendee ex-VAT amount and the number of delegates attending?
iii) Please break-down the £3360 payment of 2016 into component costs

Many thanks in earliest anticipation.
Yours sincerely,

Dave Bratt - Voice for Justice UK

Asif Malik, West Midlands Fire Service

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Ref: FOI/21135A

 

Dear Mr Bratt

 

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

I can confirm that we have received your request concerning payments to
Stonewall.  Your request was received on 21st December 2021 and I am
dealing with it under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 

 

In certain circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, I
will let you know. A fees notice will be issued to you, and you will be
required to pay this before we will proceed to deal with the request.

 

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me on 0121 380
6561. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

 

Thank you,

 

Kind Regards

 

Data Processor

Data Management

West Midlands Fire Service

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Asif Malik, West Midlands Fire Service

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Ref: FOI/21135A

 

Dear Mr Bratt

 

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST  

 

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the
information requested on 21^st December 2021.

 

 

Please find below a summary of our findings.

 

Request.

In relation to the Stonewall Freedom of Information request the applicant
has come back with some additional questions, please see below:

 

You have stated that West Midlands Fire Service paid the following amounts
to Stonewall;

 

"2016 £3360 plus £190 in conference fees

 

2017 £2500   plus £325 in conference fees

 

2018 £2500   plus £600 in conference fees

 

2019 £2500   plus £460 in conference fees

 

2020 £2500   last year we were members"

 

 

Reply

"2016 £3360 plus £190 in conference fees one person attended yearly
national conference

 

2017 £2500   plus £325 in conference fees two people attending “Champions
and allies training “

 

2018 £2500   plus £600 in conference fees two people attending national
conference

 

2019 £2500   plus £460 in conference fees two people attending national
conference

 

2020 £2500   last year we were members"

 

Request.

Could you kindly clarify the following points?

 

i) are the payment figures listed ex-vat or inclusive?

 

 

Reply

Figures listed are Ex VAT.

 

Request.

ii) for each conference fee listed, could you please provide the titles of
conferences attended, the per-attendee ex-VAT amount and the number of
delegates attending?

 

Reply

As above

 

Request.

iii) Please break-down the £3360 payment of 2016 into component cost

 

Reply

Unfortunately, full breakdown was not recorded, however it would include
membership plus initial benchmarking.

 

 

If you have any queries about this freedom of information request, please
contact us.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any
future communications.

 

For service complaints, issues or comments regarding this request please
contact The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99
Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

 

Further information concerning Freedom of Information requests can be
found on the Information Commissioner website at either the following
link: [1]https://ico.org.uk/ or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
SK9 5AF.

 

 

Thank you,

 

Kind Regards

 

Data Processor

Data Management

West Midlands Fire Service

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Dave Bratt - Voice for Justice UK

Dear Asif Malik,
Apologies for being pedantic, and requiring your further clarifications;

As I understand it, the 2016 figure of £3,360 + VAT total is now comprised of;
- £2,500+VAT; 'Diversity Champions' scheme membership, plus
- £190+VAT; national conference fee for 1 delegate, plus
- £670+VAT (being £3,360 - (£2,500+£190)) for 'benchmarking fees'

Is that correct?

If so, could you kindly also then explain the differences in ex-vat rates applied in respect to the various 'national conference' fees paid to Stonewall by West Midlands Fire Service;

- £190+ vat per delegate charged in 2016
- £600+ VAT for 2 x delegates charged in 2018 (£300+ vat each) and
- £460+VAT for 2 x delegates charged in 2019 (£230+ vat each)

Your earliest clarifications greatly appreciated in order to complete this request.
Yours sincerely,

Dave Bratt - Voice for Justice UK

Asif Malik, West Midlands Fire Service

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Ref: FOI/21135A

 

Dear Mr. Bratt

 

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST  

 

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the
information requested on 29^th January 2022

 

 

Please find below a summary of our findings.

 

Request.

Apologies for being pedantic, and requiring your further clarifications;

 

As I understand it, the 2016 figure of £3,360 + VAT total is now comprised
of;

 

- £2,500+VAT; 'Diversity Champions' scheme membership, plus

 

- £190+VAT; national conference fee for 1 delegate, plus

 

- £670+VAT (being £3,360 - (£2,500+£190)) for 'benchmarking fees'

 

Is that correct?

 

 

If so, could you kindly also then explain the differences in ex-vat rates
applied in respect to the various 'national conference' fees paid to
Stonewall by West Midlands Fire Service;

 

- £190+ vat per delegate charged in 2016

 

- £600+ VAT for 2 x delegates charged in 2018 (£300+ vat each) and

 

- £460+VAT for 2 x delegates charged in 2019 (£230+ vat each)

 

Reply

I have allocated the invoice which I believe is related to this payment
and please see attached, hopefully it will answer your query.

 

If you have any queries about this freedom of information request, please
contact us.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any
future communications.

 

For service complaints, issues or comments regarding this request please
contact The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99
Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

 

Further information concerning Freedom of Information requests can be
found on the Information Commissioner website at either the following
link: [1]https://ico.org.uk/ or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
SK9 5AF.

 

 

 

Thank you,

 

Kind Regards

 

Asif Malik

Data Processor

Data Management

West Midlands Fire Service

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