Dear Haringey Borough Council,
I am writing to obtain documents related to funding for the Jan Trust, and the Web Guardians project run by the Jan Trust.
The Local Delivery Best Practice Catalogue: Prevent Strategy document, 2015, listed the Web Guardians project run by the Jan Trust as a Prevent funded project. The document was prepared by the Home Office and included Haringey, Luton and Crawley as contact points.
1: Any applications for funding sent by the Jan Trust pertaining to Prevent or related funding;
2: Any project documents for the Web Guardian programme
3: Any evaluation documents for the Web Guardian programme
4: Any emails discussing the Web Guardians programme
5: A dataset of funding provided to the Jan trust since 2008 for Prevent related funding
Dear Mr Andrews
Freedom of Information / Environmental Information Regulations Request:
I acknowledge your request for information received on 10 October 2019.
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of Information Act 2000 / Environmental Information Regulations and we
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Dear Mr Andrews,
Your Freedom of Information Request, our reference LBH/9227819.
Thank you for your request for information dated 10 October 2019 in which
you asked for the following:
1. Any applications for funding sent by the Jan Trust pertaining to
Prevent or related funding;
2. Any project documents for the Web Guardian programme
3. Any evaluation documents for the Web Guardian programme
4. Any emails discussing the Web Guardians programme
5. A dataset of funding provided to the Jan trust since 2008 for Prevent
I am able to confirm that we hold the information you have requested.
However, we have considered your request and our view is that the
information you requested would be information that is exempt from release
under the Freedom of Information Act.
We consider this information is exempt from the Freedom of Information Act
under Sections 24 (1) and 43 (2) of that Act.
Section 24(1) – National Security
24 National security.
(1)Information which does not fall within section 23(1) is exempt
information if exemption from section 1(1)(b) is required for the purpose
of safeguarding national security.
Our view is that release of the information you have requested could
assist those seeking to circumvent counter terrorism strategy and law
enforcement, by identifying areas where there may be strengths or
weaknesses in this area. In light of the ongoing serious terrorist threat
to the United Kingdom, release of such information regarding security
measures could jeopardise or negate efforts to prevent acts of terrorism
and terrorist related crime. In releasing the documents you have requested
there is a risk of revealing detailed information about the kinds of
projects used by Prevent and how they are assessed. Disclosure also
carries the risk that potential partners stop working with Prevent,
lessening the pool of project providers and thus undermining project
quality. As Prevent is a key strand of the CONTEST strategy, this would
undermine wider counter terror efforts, putting national security at risk.
There is a further risk that through the release of this information,
individuals could then extrapolate the overall Counter Terrorism funding
in the area. This could be used, alongside other available information, to
build up a threat map of the United Kingdom and thus help individuals
better target radicalisation threats.
In line with the terms of this exemption in the Freedom of Information Act
we have also considered whether it would be in the public interest for us
to provide you with the information, despite the exemption being
applicable. In this case we have concluded that the public interest
favours withholding the information.
Public interest considerations favouring disclosure include the general
public interest in openness and transparency in local government, and that
this information could help the public to understand the threat to
security and the mitigation efforts to counteract this.
Public interest considerations favouring withholding the information are
that there is an overriding need to protect national security, and we
consider this outweighs the argument for disclosure in this case.
Section 43 (2) – Commercial Interests
1. Information is exempt information if it constitutes a trade secret.
2. Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act
would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any
person (including the public authority holding it).
It is our view that disclosure of all the JAN Trust’s funding applications
and the project documents and evaluations for Web Guardians (points one to
three of your request) would be likely to prejudice the commercial
interests of both JAN Trust and Haringey Council. Releasing this
information would allow JAN Trust’s competitors to imitate its approach,
creating copycat projects and therefore reducing its ability to secure
funding which would prejudice its solvency. Disclosure would also set a
precedent that would likely make other companies or charities unwilling to
share sensitive commercial information with Haringey Council, thereby
likely damaging our ability to secure value for money. Lastly, we believe
that charities would be likely to be less cooperative to being evaluated
by us if they knew that this information could be released if requested
Although there is a clear public interest in disclosure to promote
transparency and further public knowledge about the way we make decisions
as a Local Authority, we believe that this is outweighed by the public
interest in maintaining good working relationships with our business and
charity partners. We do not believe it would be in the public interest for
this information to be placed in the public domain
This letter is a refusal notice as required by the Freedom of Information
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