Information on Prevent Programme

M. Norris made this Freedom of Information request to Redbridge Borough Council

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was refused by Redbridge Borough Council.

Dear Redbridge Borough Council,

I am requesting information on the Council's 'Prevent' programme and
activity (previously known as Preventing Violent Extremism).

I wish to have the following information:

1. The total Prevent budget for each year starting 2006 to present.
2. Copies of any Prevent action plans / strategy documents / annual
reports for each year starting 2006 to present.
3. Funding information for each year from 2006 to present, including a
list of organisations that receive(d) Prevent funding and project details
for this spending 4. Details of any Prevent training given to Council
staff from 2006 to present. This should include the title of the training
sessions,
date(s) held, and information on which council staff the training was
given to (e.g. departments, not staff names).
5.Details of any Prevent work (funding, action plans etc) that is targeted
at far-right extremism.

Yours faithfully,

M. Norris

FoI (Freedom of Information), Redbridge Borough Council

Dear Mr Norris,

 

I acknowledge your request for information received on 11^th August 2014.

 

The London Borough of Redbridge is in the process of pro-actively
publishing the datasets of information that it holds on its website,
Redbridge i.  Some of the information will be exempt under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 or Data Protection Act 1998, and this will be removed
or redacted.  You may wish to look at the website to see if the
information you are requesting is already available – you can search the
datasets using a user friendly tool the London Borough of Redbridge has
developed called Datashare and, for your convenience, this is a link to
that tool: http://data.redbridge.gov.uk/ .

 

Please be aware that under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“the Act”)
a public body has 20 working days following the date of receipt  within
which to respond to a request for information. 

 

If appropriate, the information may be provided in paper copy, normal font
size. If you require alternative formats, e.g. language, audio, large
print, etc. then please let me know.

 

For your information, the Act defines a number of exemptions that may
prevent release of the information you have requested. There will be an
assessment and if any of the exemption categories apply then the
information will not be released. You will be informed if this is the
case, including your rights of appeal.

 

If the information you request contains reference to a third party then
the third party may be consulted prior to a decision being taken on
whether or not to release the information to you. You will be informed if
this is the case.

 

There may be a fee payable for the information requested. This will be
considered and you will be informed if a fee is payable. In this event the
fee must be paid before the information is processed and released. The 20
working day time limit referred to above will be suspended until receipt
of the cleared payment.

 

If you have any queries or concerns then please contact the Information
Officer at London Borough of Redbridge, Town Hall, PO Box 2, High Road,
Ilford, Essex, telephone 0208 708 2331, e-mail [1][Redbridge Borough Council request email]

 

Further information is also available from the Information Commissioner
at:

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House 

Water Lane 

Wilmslow 

Cheshire 

SK9 5AF 

Telephone: 08456 30 60 60 or 01625 54 57 45

[2]www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

Jackie Lammin

Corporate FOI Team

London Borough of Redbridge

Redbridge Town Hall, 128-142 High Road, Ilford, IG1 1DD

 

Tel: 020 8708 2161

Email: [Redbridge Borough Council request email]

Web: www.redbridge.gov.uk

Twitter: @RedbridgeLive

Facebook: www.facebook.com/redbridgelive

 

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FoI (Freedom of Information), Redbridge Borough Council

Dear M Norris,

 

I refer to your request for information regarding Prevent funding,
received on 11^th August 2014, which has now been considered.   Our
considerations have included guidance provided by the Information
Commissioner’s Office (ICO) with regard to the provision of information
and use of exemptions and a statement from the Home Office on this
matter. 

 

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 this email acts as
a refusal notice.

 

The guidance from the ICO is very clear that because all requesters should
be treated equally, public bodies should only disclose information under
the Act if they would disclose it to anyone else who asked for it.  In
other words, the information would be released to the world at large.

 

Terrorists can be highly motivated and may go to great lengths to gather
intelligence. This means there may be grounds for withholding what seems
harmless information on the basis that it may assist terrorists when
pieced together with other information they may obtain.

 

The information that you have requested is not broken down by area or by
project and the provision of detailed information about how Prevent
funding is apportioned to areas around the country, may potentially
identify areas where the threat to the national security of the UK is
greatest. This may impact negatively on the delivery of Prevent, and on
the range of activities deployed to prevent terrorism, (which includes
activity to disrupt those who promote terrorism, and protect individuals
who are vulnerable to recruitment, or who have already been recruited by
extremists).

 

1.            The total Prevent budget for each year starting 2006 to
present.

The information requested is not held by individual local authorities.
Details on total annual Prevent budgets are held by the Home Office.

 

2.            Copies of any Prevent action plans / strategy documents /
annual reports for each year starting 2006 to present.

Information on Prevent action plans is exempt from disclosure by virtue of
section 24(1) and 31(1)(a) (national security and law enforcement
respectively), of the Freedom of Information Act. However, the Prevent
strategy and CONTEST reports can be found in the public domain.  The
latest Prevent strategy (2011) is at:

[1]www.gov.uk/government/policies/protecting-the-uk-against-terrorism/supporting-pages/prevent

The latest CONTEST strategy (2013) is at:

[2]www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/302155/CONTESTannualreport2013.pdf

 

3.            Funding information for each year from 2006 to present,
including a list of organisations that receive(d) Prevent funding  and
project details for this spending 

Information about how much funding is provided to specific areas including
on specific projects is exempt from disclosure by virtue of section 24(1)
and 31(1)(a) (national security and law enforcement respectively), of the
Freedom of Information Act.

 

4.            Details of any Prevent training given to Council staff from
2006 to present. This should include the title of the training sessions,
date(s) held, and information on which council staff the training  was
given to (e.g. departments, not staff names). 

Information on training of council staff is exempt from disclosure by
virtue of section 24(1) (national security), of the Freedom of Information
Act.

 

5.            Details of any Prevent work (funding, action plans etc) that
is targeted at far-right extremism.  Information about how much funding is
provided to specific areas including on specific projects is exempt from
disclosure by virtue of section 24(1) and 31(1)(a) (national security and
law enforcement respectively), of the Freedom of Information Act.

 

Prevent work tackles all forms of extremism including far-right extremism
across priority areas.

 

The CONTEST Annual report contains other publicly available information on
the local delivery of Prevent.

 

If you have a complaint about the handling of your enquiry then please
contact the Information Officer at London Borough of Redbridge, Town Hall,
PO Box 2, High Road, Ilford, Essex, telephone 0208 708 2331, e-mail
[3][Redbridge Borough Council request email] within 20 working days of receipt of this email.  
If you consider the outcome of the London Borough of Redbridge’s
complaints procedure is not satisfactory you also have a right of appeal
to the Information Commissioner at:

 

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Telephone:    01625 54 57 45

[4]www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

 

Kind regards,

 

 

 

Martin Gormlie

PREVENT Coordinator

Community Safety Service

London Borough of Redbridge

Room 17 Perth Terrace, Ilford IG2 6AT

T: 0208 708 5230

Email: [5][email address]

Secure: [6][email address]

Web: [7]www.redbridge.gov.uk

Twitter: @RedbridgeLive

Facebook: [8]www.facebook.com/redbridgelive

 

 

 

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