Information on your dealings with Stonewall (from 01-01-2021 to date)

The request was refused by University of Salford.

Dear University of Salford,

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 (or intend to make) from 01-01- 2021 or in 2022 (to date) 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 2021, or to date, from Stonewall in relation to either application or programme.

3. Any other communication you have received from Stonewall in 2021 or 2022 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 2021; (ii) in 2022 to date, 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,

L Ko

FOI, University of Salford

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Thank you for your recent request made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your request has been considered. Please find the University's response attached.

The Information Governance Team
Legal and Compliance Services
5th Floor, Maxwell Building, University of Salford, Manchester M5 4WT
[University of Salford request email] / www.salford.ac.uk

Due to the Coronavirus situation the University is working remotely. The University telephone system is currently unavailable therefore please keep all communications to email.

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Dear University of Salford,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of University of Salfords handling of my FOI request 'Information about your dealings with Stonewall (2021 - 2022))'.

Although you have confirmed basic details of this relationship, you have claimed that under s43 you cannot send further information for confidentiality reasons.

ICO guidelines suggest that this exemption is only relevant where the below is verified via a public interest test. Please confirm which clause you are claiming this exemption under? If you claim that it would damage the commercial interests of Stonewall (as a charitable body) please specify how this would do so.

1) Section 43(1) provides an exemption from disclosure for information which is a trade secret.

2) Section 43(2) exempts information whose disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any legal person (an individual, a company, the public authority itself or any other legal entity).

3) Section 43(3) provides an exemption from the duty to confirm or deny whether you hold information, if doing so would, or would be likely to, prejudice the interests protected by section 43(2).

All of the exemptions are subject to the public interest test.

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,

L Ko

FOI, University of Salford

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Dear Laura Ko,

Further to your request for an internal review made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your request has been considered. Please find the University's response attached.

The Information Governance Team
Legal and Compliance Services
5th Floor, Maxwell Building, University of Salford, Manchester, M5 4WT
[University of Salford request email]  /  www.salford.ac.uk

Due to the Coronavirus situation the University is working remotely. The University telephone system is currently unavailable therefore please keep all communications to email.

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