Poorly-perfomring teams in 2012

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, British Broadcasting Corporation should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

I understand that the former head of HR at the BBC, Lucy Adams, requested the results for the 30 departments/teams with the worst results in the BBC's 2012 Staff Survey, so that the reasons could be investigated.

Would you please identify the 30 departments/teams she was
referring to, and say in which divisions they are located.

Yours faithfully,

S Craig

Peter Jones left an annotation ()

You may not be aware, but an identical request was made here a few months ago:
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

The BBC refused to provide the limited information requested, so the requestor complained to the ICO. The ICO upheld that complaint and ordered the BBC to disclose the information. The BBC has refused to play ball, instead referring the ICO's decision to the Information Tribunal for final arbitration.

The BBC clearly has many secrets it wants to keep hidden and displays contempt to any member of the public who dares to ask them the wrong questions.

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

28 July 2014

Reference: RFI20141223

Dear S Craig,

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, about results in the BBC's 2012 Staff Survey. Your request was received on 26th July 2014. We will deal with your request as promptly as possible, and at the latest within 20 working days.

If you have any queries about your request, please contact us at the above address.

Kind regards,

The Information Policy & Compliance Team

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FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear S Craig

 

Please find attached the response to your request for information,
reference RFI20141223.

 

Kind regards

BBC Information Policy and Compliance
BC2 B6, 201 Wood Lane, London W12 7TP

 

 

Peter Jones left an annotation ()

The other request I mentioned is still at the Tribunal stage.

To me this request seems perfectly valid. The Act is both applicant and purpose blind - the fact that someone else may have asked for the same information previously is totally irrelevant and not a valid reason to refuse disclosure. That should be the reason you give in any internal review request.

Other than you sharing the same initials as the previous requestor (Spencer Count vs. S. Craig) I don't know their logic for assuming that you're using a pseudonym. Even if it was the case that you were using a pseudonym good practice, as recommended by the ICO, dictates that they should consider the request. To take right until the statutory time-limit to trot out a spurious refusal reason is extremely annoying, but totally indicative of the contemptuous manner the BBC deals with most requests.

Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of British Broadcasting Corporation's handling of my FOI request 'Poorly-performing teams in 2012'.

My request is perfectly valid and your response is hostile and accusatory.

Yes, I know someone else has made a similar request. That request is publicly available on the Whatdotheyknow website and I followed its progress with interest. I see from an annotation on the original request that the ICO ruled that the BBC should release the information but that the BBC appealed. Your reply indicates that the appeal was on the grounds of the request being made under a pseudonym.

I am not a pseudonym. My employment status is none of your business. The Freedom of Information Act is applicant and purpose blind.

You used the full statutory time limit before issuing this spurious refusal. This is obstructive of the Act and typical of the timewasting by you in the other request. It is also another example of the BBC's continuing failure to meet the statutory requirements of the Act, for which I understand it is currently subject to an ICO investigation and monitoring.

I am requesting an internal review of the BBC's handling of my request to date, including the length of time required for the initial response and its tone. I repeat my initial request for information and I remind you of the ICO's previous ruling.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

Yours faithfully,

S Craig

J. Good left an annotation ()

Hi S. Craig

As an ex BBC staffer, I've also used WhatDoTheyKnow to get some interesting information whilst I was in the employ of the organisation. But, if you ARE a beeb employee don't interact with this site from a BBC desktop PC. It would be relatively straightforwards for Investigations Unit to cross-check activity and identify you and by submitting these requests you are almost certainly in breach of your employment contract.

But it's a great request and I look forward to seeing a response! Keep up the good work!

Dear FOI Enquiries,

I wrote the BBC on 22 August 2014 requesting an internal review into its response to my request for information, ref: RFI20141223.

That was more than two weeks ago but I have received no acknowledgment to date.

Please confirm that my request has been received and that an internal review is in progress.

Yours faithfully,

S Craig

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

2 Attachments

Dear S Craig

 

Please find attached the response to your request for information,
reference RFI20141223.

 

Kind regards

BBC Information Policy and Compliance
BC2 B6, 201 Wood Lane, London W12 7TP

 

 

Dear BBC,

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

I am requesting an internal review into the BBC's decision to refuse my request 'Poorly-performing teams in 2012' on the grounds that by giving the names of 30 BBC departments, the BBC would be disclosing personal information about employees that could lead to them being identified.

I do not accept this response for the following reasons:

1) The BBC staff survey results were only published where teams were of sufficient size to provide reliable statystical analysis and to preserve the confidentiality of individuals.

2) Giving the name of a department does not identify those individuals comprising the department or their personal information. It is impossible to know who did, or did not, take part in the survey or what responses they provided.

3) As the BBC states, staff complete the survey anonymously and in confidence. The project was undertaken by an external company which was richly rewarded for the work. The BBC itself does not know which individuals participated or how they responded. Answering my request would not enable that information to be discovered.

The BBC's response is unsatisfactory so I refer it to internal review.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

Yours faithfully,

S Craig

Dear FOI Enquiries,

I requested an internal review on 15 September 2014 but have received no response.

Will an internal review be conducted?

Yours sincerely,

S Craig

Dear FOI Enquiries,

You have not responded to my request for an internal review.

This review is now long overdue.

Yours sincerely,

S Craig

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

1 Attachment

Dear S. Craig,

 

Further to your request for Internal Review of your request for
information (RFI20141223) we attach the BBC’s Decision.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

The Information Policy & Compliance Team

 

BBC Freedom of Information

BC2 B6, Broadcast Centre

201 Wood Lane

London W12 7TP

 

[1]www.bbc.co.uk/foi

Email: [2][BBC request email]

Tel: 020 8008 2882

 

 

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S Craig left an annotation ()

Complaint made to the ICO.

S Craig left an annotation ()

Complaint accepted by the ICO. An investigation is underway.

S Craig left an annotation ()

The ICO has written to the BBC directing it to provide a review of its handling of this request within 20 days.

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