Dear Bridgend County Borough Council,
Please can you send me an up to date Organisational Structure Chart for the Special Educational Needs Department, including names.
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST X01-7054
We acknowledge your request for information received on 7 December 2017.
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Dear Ms Carver,
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST X01- 7054
We refer to your email dated 7 December 2017 which contained a request for
information as set out in italics below. Following consideration of your
request, in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I respond
to each point as follows:
Please can you send me an up to date Organisational Structure Chart for
the Special Educational Needs Department, including names.
Please find structure chart attached.
Whilst we can confirm that we hold the information requested in respect of
staff names we consider this information is exempt under Section 40 (2) of
the Freedom of Information Act 2000 which states that:
(2) Any information to which a request for information relates is also
exempt information if –
(a) it constitutes personal data which do not fall within subsection (1),
(b) either the first or second condition below is satisfied
(3) The first condition is-
(a) in a case where the information falls within any of the paragraphs (a)
to (d) of the definition of ‘data’ in section 1(1) of the Data Protection
Act 1998, that the disclosure of the information to a member of the public
otherwise than under this Act would contravene-
(i) any of the data protection principles
Section 1(1) of the Data Protection Act 1998 states that-
Personal data means data which relate to a living individual who can be
(a) from those data, or
(b) from those data and other information which is in the possession of,
or is likely to come into the possession of, the data controller,
and includes any expression of opinion about the individual and any
indication of the intentions of the data controller or any other person in
respect of the individual.
Under Section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act, the information
requested is subject to an absolute exemption. This exemption applies
because the information requested would constitute a disclosure of
The Information Commissioner’s guidance “Access to Information about
public authorities’ employees” and “When should names be disclosed?”
provide guidance on how the Authority should treat requests for
information of this nature. The Authority considers the information
requested to be absolutely exempt from disclosure by virtue of Section
40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
The Authority does not consider that it would be fair in all the
circumstances to identify the individual as whilst the information relates
to them in their professional capacity, they would not reasonably expect
their details to be placed into the public domain. The Authority’s
procedure is not to disclose as a matter of routine information about
members of staff below Assistant Chief Executive level.
Therefore, to the extent set out above, this letter acts as a Refusal
Notice in accordance with Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act
2000 as we have not supplied all of the information requested.
If you are dissatisfied with the handling of the request, under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 you have the right to request a review of
the Council’s response to your request for information. If you wish to
request a review, please write to:
Mr P A Jolley
Corporate Director, Operational and
Partnership Services and Monitoring Officer
Bridgend County Borough Council
Bridgend, CF31 4WB
within 28 days of the date of this letter. If you remain dissatisfied
with the outcome of that review, you may seek further recourse by lodging
an appeal with the Information Commissioner at:
Information Commissioner’s Office – Wales
Tel: 02920 678400
Fax: 02920 678399
E:mail : [email address]
Freedom of Information Office
Bridgend County Borough Council
Level 2, Civic Offices
Tel: 01656 643565
Email: [Bridgend County Borough Council request email]
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