LGBT Services in Kent

Alan Williams made this Freedom of Information request to Kent Community Health NHS Trust

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From: Alan Williams

25 April 2012

Dear Kent Community Health NHS Trust,

Some members of the gay community in Thanet and East Kent feel they
have been ill-served by NHS workers over the years who have
purported to serve the interests of gay/minority groups. In an
effort to shed light on the role of one of these workers(Ms Kelly
Tonks of Rethink), We found ourselves under attack from one of your
employees, Adam Lott. Mr Lott was quick to endorse the role of
Kelly Tonks in her efforts to secure an endorsement from Thanet
Council to change the law relating to Civil Partnerships in favour
of Equal Marriage, and, at the same time attempted to sideline the
concerns of our small local charity. Mr Lott's comments were
endorsed by his colleague, Fiona Thompson.

We, Solos Inc, are writing to request information about the role of
Adam lott and Fiona Thompson within the Kent Community Health NHS
Trust in relation to the services provided for Lesbian,Gay,Bisexual
and Transgender(LGBT) people of Kent. We would like to know:-

1) The Job Description and Salary of Adam Lott.

2) The Job Description and Salary of Fiona Thompson.

3) Details of all contracts relating to the support of minority
groups in Kent that has specific mention of LGBT people.

Our preferred format to receive this information is by electronic
means. If one part of this request can be answered sooner than
others, please send that information first, followed by any
subsequent data. If you need any clarification of this request
please feel free to email me. If FOI requests of a similar nature
have already been asked could you please include responses to those
requests.

Many public authorities release their contracts with private
vendors in line with the Freedom of Information Act. The exemption
for commercial interest under the Act(section 43) is a qualified
exemption, which means information can only be withheld if it is in
the public interest. The public have an interest in knowing the
terms of contracts and grants awarded by public authorities,
whether or not public money changes hands immediately.

If you are relying on section 41(the exemption for legal breach of
confidence) then we would like to know the following:
a. When these confidentiality agreements were agreed
b. All correspondence and email in which these confidentiality
agreements were discussed.
c. The precise wording of the confidentiality agreements.

We ask these questions because guidance issued by both the Lord
Chancellor(draft guidance on FOI implementation)and the Office of
Government Commerce(Model terms and conditions for goods and
services)specifically state that public authorities should not
enter into these types of agreements. They go directly against the
spirit of the laws of disclosure. We whould also point to the
Information Commissioner's guidance on accepting blanket commercial
confidentiality agreements: "Unless confidentiality clauses are
necessary or reasonable, there is a real risk that, in the event of
a complaint, The Commissioner would order disclosure in any case."

Finally, within the law of confidence there is also a public
interest test. Therefore, the information should be disclosed in
full. If any parts are redacted they must be for information that
can be proven to be a legal breach of confidence in court, and only
then where secrecy can be shown to be in the public interest. These
are difficult positions to argue when public money is at stake or
where a public authority is offering a private company a monopoly
to charge its stakeholders.

We would be grateful if you could confirm, in writing, that you
have received this request, and we look forward to hearing from you
within the 20-working day statutory time period.

Regards

Solos Inc

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From: foi (KENT COMMUNITY HEALTH NHS TRUST)
Kent Community Health NHS Trust

26 April 2012

Dear Mr Williams

Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act
 
Thank you for your email that we received earlier today when you requested
specific job descriptions and salary details together with details of
contracts relating to the support of minority groups in Kent that has a
specific mention of LGBT people.

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be answered within twenty working days, i.e
by 25 May 2012.

If you have any queries about this request do not hesitate to contact me.
Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.
 
Kent Community Health NHS Trust copyright (2012)
Re-Use of Information
 
Any information we provide following your request under the Freedom of
Information Act will not confer an automatic right for you to re-use that
information, for example, to publish it.
 
If you wish to re-use the  information that we provide and you do not
specify this in your initial application for information then you must
make a further request for its re-use as per the Re-Use of Public Sector
Information Regulations 2005 www.opsi.gov.uk . This will not affect your
initial information request.  If you wish to re-use any third party
copyright material we have identified you will need to obtain permission
from the copyright holders. Any enquiries regarding this
document/publication should be sent to us at the address above

Kind regards
Kate

Kate Lock
Freedom of Information Act Lead
Kent Community Health NHS Trust
Trinity House
110 - 120 Upper Pemberton
Eureka Business Park
Ashford
Kent
TN25 4AZ

Tel: 01233 667940
Fax: 01233 667953
Email: [Kent Community Health NHS Trust request email]

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From: foi (KENT COMMUNITY HEALTH NHS TRUST)
Kent Community Health NHS Trust

26 April 2012


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Dear Mr Williams

Please see the attached letter requesting clarification about your recent FOI request.

Kind regards
Kate

Kate Lock
Freedom of Information Act Lead
Kent Community Health NHS Trust
Trinity House
110 - 120 Upper Pemberton
Eureka Business Park
Ashford
Kent
TN25 4AZ

Tel: 01233 667940
Fax: 01233 667953
Email: [Kent Community Health NHS Trust request email]

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From: Alan Williams

26 May 2012

Dear foi (KENT COMMUNITY HEALTH NHS TRUST),

Clarification of Minority Groups/LGBT

I am writing in response to your letter requesting clarification of
the above. The information I seek is any business specifically to
do with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people.

Yours sincerely,

Alan Williams

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From: foi (KENT COMMUNITY HEALTH NHS TRUST)
Kent Community Health NHS Trust

28 May 2012

Dear Mr Williams

Thank you for your email.

We will now continue to process your request and will provide you with a response by 27 June 2012.

Kind regards
Kate

Kate Lock
Freedom of Information Act Lead
Kent Community Health NHS Trust
Trinity House
110 - 120 Upper Pemberton
Eureka Business Park
Ashford
Kent
TN25 4AZ

Tel: 01233 667940
Fax: 01233 667953
Email: [Kent Community Health NHS Trust request email]
________________________________________
From: Alan Williams [[FOI #114781 email]]
Sent: 26 May 2012 10:01
To: foi (KENT COMMUNITY HEALTH NHS TRUST)
Subject: Re: Request for clarification about your Freedom of Information request - our ref: 2012.04.0032

Dear foi (KENT COMMUNITY HEALTH NHS TRUST),

Clarification of Minority Groups/LGBT

I am writing in response to your letter requesting clarification of
the above. The information I seek is any business specifically to
do with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people.

Yours sincerely,

Alan Williams

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From: Alan Williams

2 June 2012

Dear foi (KENT COMMUNITY HEALTH NHS TRUST),

I am grateful for your continued assistance and look forward to
receiving the information anytime up to the 27th June 2012.

Yours sincerely,

Alan Williams

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From: foi (KENT COMMUNITY HEALTH NHS TRUST)
Kent Community Health NHS Trust

2 June 2012

Thank you for your email which has been received into the Kent Community
Health NHS Trust Freedom of Information mailbox.
 
If your email is a request for information, please accept this message as
an acknowledgement of receipt and an assurance that your request is being
addressed.
 
If your email is on another matter, please note that the FOI Lead is out
of the office between Friday 1 June 2012 to Friday 8 June 2012.  This
mailbox is being monitored, however any non-urgent emails may not be
responded to until after 11 June 2012.
 
 

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From: foi (KENT COMMUNITY HEALTH NHS TRUST)
Kent Community Health NHS Trust

25 June 2012


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Dear Mr Williams

Please find attached our response to your recent FOI request together with our customer care booklet.

Kind regards
Kate

Kate Lock
Freedom of Information Act Lead
Kent Community Health NHS Trust
Trinity House
110 - 120 Upper Pemberton
Eureka Business Park
Ashford
Kent
TN25 4AZ

Tel: 01233 667940
Fax: 01233 667953
Email: [Kent Community Health NHS Trust request email]

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