Intranet Details and Financial Commitment for the Past Five Years

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The request was refused by Department of Health and Social Care.

Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

I am writing to you under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) to request specific details concerning the department's intranet.

As a proactive citizen and lawyer, I believe that an informed understanding of our governmental departments aids in the advancement of collaborative efforts and shared knowledge. With this sentiment in mind, I kindly request the following information:

Intranet Sitemap Disclosure: Please provide a detailed sitemap of the department’s intranet. This would offer an overarching view of the structure and flow of information, providing insights into the organisation and accessibility of the department's internal resources.

Annual Intranet Costs for the Past Five Years: Could you kindly disclose the annual expenditure associated with the department's intranet over the last five years? This would give a clearer understanding of the department's financial commitment to internal digital infrastructure and transparency.

Screenshot of the Intranet Homepage: Please provide a recent screenshot of the homepage of the department's intranet. This visual representation can offer a direct perspective on the department's commitment to internal communications and user experience.

I understand that the FOIA embodies the principle that public bodies should be open to public scrutiny. By furnishing the aforementioned details, you would not only be upholding the law but also reinforcing the department’s commitment to transparency, clarity, and community engagement.

I acknowledge that there might be aspects of the intranet that are confidential, sensitive, or beyond the scope of FOIA. Rest assured, my intent is to understand the broad contours and not delve into areas of sensitivity. I anticipate that any such exclusions would be clearly indicated and justified in line with the Act's provisions.

Please consider this request as a genuine attempt to engage with, and better understand, the workings of ministerial departments. I am confident that this request aligns with the spirit of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, which aspires for greater transparency and informed citizenry.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Yours faithfully,

Ryan Jarvis

Department of Health and Social Care

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Department of Health and Social Care

Dear Mr Jarvis,

Thank you for your request of 28 August 2023 under the Freedom of
Information Act (our ref:FOI-1468015)

We are writing to inform you that the Department's consideration of the
balance of the public interest with regards to your request is not yet
complete and requires further time to complete in line with Section 10(3)
of the FOI Act.

The Department is currently assessing the public interest in release under
Section 35 and Section 24.

We anticipate this process will take no longer than a further 20 working
days to complete.  We therefore aim to respond fully to your request by 24
October 2023.
 
Please accept our apologies for this delay.
 
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right to appeal by asking for an internal review once you have received
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Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health and Social Care
 

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Dear Ryan Jarvis,

Please find attached the Department of Health and Social Care's response
to your FOI request (our ref: FOI-1468015).

Yours sincerely, 

Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Department of Health and Social Care's handling of my FOI request 'Intranet Details and Financial Commitment for the Past Five Years'.

In your final response dated 24 October 2023, the DHSC declined to disclose the intranet sitemap and a screenshot of the intranet homepage, citing exemption under section 31(1) of the FOI Act. While I understand the concerns regarding the prevention of crime, I believe the public interest in transparency and understanding governmental digital infrastructure has not been adequately weighed.

Precedents set by other departments, including the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Defence, and Attorney General's Office, suggest that similar information has been disclosed without compromising security. These disclosures align with the FOI Act’s emphasis on transparency and informed citizenry.

Therefore, I request that the DHSC reconsiders its stance, especially in light of these precedents. A more detailed justification for the refusal, considering the precedent set by other departments, would be appreciated.

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,

Mr Ryan Jarvis

Department of Health and Social Care

 
Dear Mr Jarvis.

Thank you for your request for an internal review into the handling of
FOI-1468015.

In our FOI reply we stated, ‘If you are not satisfied with the handling of
this request, you have the right to appeal by asking for an internal
review. This should be sent to [1][DHSC request email] or to
the address at the top of this letter and be submitted within two months
of the date of this letter.’

Unfortunately, the time period in which you can request a review has
elapsed and therefore a review will not be conducted.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Freedom of Information Team
 
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Dear Freedom of Information Team

Thank you for your prompt response to my request for an internal review regarding FOI-1468015. I appreciate your clarification on the time limitations for requesting a review.

In light of your department's decision not to conduct an internal review due to the elapsed timeframe, and following advice from the Information Commissioner, I have resubmitted a refined request. This resubmission should be considered as a new request under the Freedom of Information Act, thereby enabling the potential for an internal review should there be any need for further clarification or if this new request is again not fulfilled to satisfaction.

The refined request can be accessed directly at https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/r....

Thank you once again for your attention and kind consideration on this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Ryan Jarvis