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Dear British Council,

About promotion for social enterprises duing 2015 and particularly of Pants to Poverty.

Please provide a relevant document to show why that company was chosen. or else a broad description of the data is available so that I can ask in a clearer way.

It may help to say what I have discovered so far.
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/sy... suggests government support for the idea of telling people around the world about UK social enterprises.

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s... lists government support to this particular social enterprise, separate from the office it worked in called Ethical Fashion Forum that also got government support.

http://pantstopoverty.org.uk/#official-p... shows a photo paid-for by the department for business, suggesting that it promotes imports from other countries at the expense of UK business.

The reason I think this is important is that I understand your organisation is looking for more social enterprises to back this year, and that your organisation is still partly funded by UK taxpayers including those who work in manufacturing.
regards
John Robertson

IGDisclosures@britishcouncil.org, British Council

Dear Mr Robertson

 

Thank you for your request for information to the British Council.

 

Before I begin to process your request I want to ensure that I have
understood it correctly. Based on the information within the What Do They
Know link below, which provides details of the request you submitted to
UKTI/DIT, are you asking for information/a document which demonstrates why
Pants to Poverty was selected for a bus promotion tour, organised by
British Council, in 2014?

 

If I have not understood your request correctly could you please provide
more information so that it is clear what information you require.

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Kind regards

 

 

Lyndsey Keogh | Information Governance Advisor (Disclosures) | Information
Governance and Risk Management Team

[1][email address]

 

[2]https://www.britishcouncil.org/organisat...

 

 

 

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Dear [email address],

The question I want to answer:
How Pants to Poverty was selected for a promotion of UK social enterprise by the British Council, rather other UK social enterprises. I know that the promotion included a bus tour in September 2015.

So any information to answer that question would be welcome.

The rest of the email is just background information to say that Pants to Poverty recieved other funding from at least one UK government department about the same time, that pants were not produced in the UK, and that during autumn 2015 it was criticised for failing to supply products to customers who had paid for them.

kind regards,

John Robertson

IGDisclosures@britishcouncil.org, British Council

Reference Number: FOI_2017_49

 

11 July 2017

 

 

Dear Mr Robertson 

 

Thank you for clarifying. I can now begin to process your request and will
get back to you within 20 working days.

 

If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Yours Sincerely,              

           

 

Lyndsey Keogh | Information Governance Advisor (Disclosures) | Information
Governance and Risk Management Team

 

[1][email address]

 

[2]https://www.britishcouncil.org/organisat...

 

 

 

 

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IGDisclosures@britishcouncil.org, British Council

Case Reference: FOI_2017_49

 

 

31 July 2017

 

 

Dear Mr Robertson

 

Thank you for your request for information dated 10 July 2017, which you
later clarified on 11 July 2017, concerning how Pants to Poverty were
selected for a promotion of UK social enterprise by the British Council.
Your request has been handled under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) 2000 and has been passed to me for reply.

 

For your ease of reference, I have restated your request below in bold and
have provided our response beneath.

 

Request submitted on 10 July 2017

About promotion for social enterprises duing 2015 and particularly of
Pants to Poverty.

 

Please provide a relevant document to show why that company was chosen. or
else a broad description of the data is available so that I can ask in a
clearer way.

 

It may help to say what I have discovered so far.

[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/sy...
suggests government support for the idea of telling people around the
world about UK social enterprises.

 

[2]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...
lists government support to this particular social enterprise, separate
from the office it worked in called Ethical Fashion Forum that also got
government support.

 

[3]http://pantstopoverty.org.uk/#official-p... shows a photo paid-for by
the department for business, suggesting that it promotes imports from
other countries at the expense of UK business.

 

The reason I think this is important is that I understand your
organisation is looking for more social enterprises to back this year, and
that your organisation is still partly funded by UK taxpayers including
those who work in manufacturing.

 

Clarification submitted on 11 July 2017

The question I want to answer:

How Pants to Poverty was selected for a promotion of UK social enterprise
by the British Council, rather other UK  social enterprises. I know that
the promotion included a bus tour in September 2015.

 

So any information to answer that question would be welcome.

 

The rest of the email is just background information to say that Pants to
Poverty recieved other funding from at least one UK  government department
about the same time, that pants were not produced in the UK, and that
during autumn 2015 it was criticised for failing to supply products to
customers who had paid for them.

 

In 2015 British Council South Korea ran a small project, under the Great
campaign, on Social Investment/Social Enterprise, which included a one-off
promotional bus in South Korea. British Council South Korea sought high
quality/retail products from social enterprises based in the UK and the
objective was to show that social enterprises can compete in high end
markets not just second-hand stores. On this basis eight UK based social
enterprises were contacted that matched this objective and, out of those
eight, four were selected, Pants to Poverty being one of them.

 

I hope the information provided has been useful.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the
right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be
submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your
original letter and should be addressed to:

 

Information Governance Advisor (Disclosures)

Information Governance and Risk Management

British Council

Bridgewater House

58 Whitworth Street

Manchester

M1 6BB

Email: [4][email address]

 

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have a
right to appeal to the Information Commissioner for a decision at:

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Phone: 0303 123 1113

Website: [5]www.ico.org.uk

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Lyndsey Keogh | Information Governance Advisor (Disclosures) | Information
Governance and Risk Management Team

[6][email address]

 

[7]https://www.britishcouncil.org/organisat...

 

 

 

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Dear Lyndsey Keogh,

Thanks for your help and I appreciate that risk management is part of your job title.

Could you add supporting documents to your reply?

The public interest, I think, is in how a favoured company with a lot of political connections got promoted, which looks odd in hindsight, while others did not. I expect that the answer is just habit - that it was one of the usual ones to pick, and that I would probably pick it myself, but I think the supporting documents have a public interest because of their random information. Maybe somone put-in a word for something. Maybe someone asked for Monsoon to be shown, as happened at the British embassy in Jakata at an "ethical fashion show", but was rejected. That is what I meant by saying that I wanted to know how Pants to Poverty were chosen, and linking to a lot of breader information that makes it look odd in hindsight.

So if you could add as many supporting documents as convenient and cheaply accessable to your reply, that would be much appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

John Robertson

PS
Any references to Remploy would be appreciated.
Such as a keyword search of a likely store of information to find out if anyone wrote an email or was minuted as saying the word "remploy".

I understand that Remploy Uniforms closed the previous year due to lack of interest from our politicians in how to make it better for workers or more attractive to people who needed clothes made by a social enterprise, so I think there is a public interest in why Remploy was not mentioned in any records, if it wasn't.

IGDisclosures@britishcouncil.org, British Council

Dear Mr Robertson

We do not hold any supporting documentation which demonstrates how Pants to Poverty were chosen. The decisions were all made verbally over calls or face to face.

I am sorry I cannot be of more help on this occasion.

Best wishes

Lyndsey Keogh | Information Governance Advisor (Disclosures) | Information Governance and Risk Management Team

[email address]

https://www.britishcouncil.org/organisat...

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