Recruitment and retention: British Muslims

The request was refused by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council.

Dear Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

1. How many British Muslim employees have you recruited? Please provide figures for every year since 2010.

2. What is the average length of service?

3. How many British Muslims have you employed in communications/media roles since 2010?

Yours faithfully,

[Name Removed]

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear [Name Removed],

 

Request for Information RFI-4299-22

 

Thank you for your request for information relating to British Muslim
employees which was received on 07 March 2022.

 

In accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
the council will respond to your request within 20 working days, saying
whether we have the information that you want, and if there will be any
charges. 

 

If, for any reason, we cannot provide you with the information, we will
tell you why.

If we need to clarify your request, we will contact you again.

 

Update – Your Information Rights Requests and Coronavirus:

 

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This may mean that our usual processes for responding to requests for
information will need to change, and unfortunately you may experience
delays in receiving the information you have requested.

 

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In the meantime, if you need to contact me about your request, please do
so quoting the above reference number.

 

Yours sincerely,

Naiyar Sultana

 

 

Assurance Team, Resources and Transformation

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

Civic Centre,

Darwall Street,

Walsall, WS1 1DG

Email: [Walsall Council request email]

Service area: [1]walsall.gov.uk/ Information Governance and Assurance

Website:  [2]www.walsall.gov.uk

 

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Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Rabyah Khan,

 

Freedom of Information Request RFI-4299-22

 

Further to your request for information about British Muslim employees, I
can tell you the following:

 1. How many British Muslim employees have you recruited? Please provide
figures for every year since 2010.   

We can confirm that the Council holds some or all of the information
falling within the description specified in your request.  However,
Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“the Act”) exempts a
public authority from providing the information where the estimated cost
of compliance with the request exceeds the appropriate limit.  Any
estimate must be made in accordance with the limits set in the Fees
Regulations made under Section 12 (5) of the Act.  These Fees Regulations
(SI2004/3244 Freedom of Information and Data Protection [Appropriate Limit
and Fees] Regulation) allow for a refusal where the cost of compliance,
for local authorities such as the Council would exceed £450 (equivalent to
18 hours of work).  In estimating the cost of complying with a request for
information, an authority can only take into account any reasonable costs
incurred in:

 

(a) Determining whether it holds the information,

(b) Locating the information, or a document which may contain the
information,

(c) Retrieving the information, or a document which may contain the
information, and

(d) Extracting the information from a document containing it.

 

For the purposes of the estimate the costs of performing these activities
should be estimated at a rate of £25 per hour.

 To disclose this information would involve 12 reports being produced (1
per financial year). The reports would take 45 mins each to run & 30 mins
to locate the precise data + 15 mins per report to quality check the data;
therefore taking a total of 18 hours to provide an answer (equivalent to a
notional cost of £450) of officer time to identify, retrieve, extract and
collate the requested information.  Disclosure of this information is
therefore exempt under the provisions of FOIA section 12: cost exceeds.

 

2. What is the average length of service?   We require clarity on if this
question is based on existing employees as of today? If so, this would
potentially be answerable so please let us know if that is the case and we
can respond again to this particular question.   

3. How many British Muslims have you employed in communications/media
roles since 2010? 

We can confirm that the Council holds some or all of the information
falling within the description specified in your request.  However,
Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“the Act”) exempts a
public authority from providing the information where the estimated cost
of compliance with the request exceeds the appropriate limit.  Any
estimate must be made in accordance with the limits set in the Fees
Regulations made under Section 12 (5) of the Act.  These Fees Regulations
(SI2004/3244 Freedom of Information and Data Protection [Appropriate Limit
and Fees] Regulation) allow for a refusal where the cost of compliance,
for local authorities such as the Council would exceed £450 (equivalent to
18 hours of work).  In estimating the cost of complying with a request for
information, an authority can only take into account any reasonable costs
incurred in:

 

(a) Determining whether it holds the information,

(b) Locating the information, or a document which may contain the
information,

(c) Retrieving the information, or a document which may contain the
information, and

(d) Extracting the information from a document containing it.

 

For the purposes of the estimate the costs of performing these activities
should be estimated at a rate of £25 per hour.

To disclose this information would involve 12 reports being produced (1
per financial year). The reports would take 45 mins each to run & 30 mins
to locate the precise data + 15 mins per report to quality check the data;
therefore taking a total of 18 hours to provide an answer (equivalent to a
notional cost of £450) of officer time to identify, retrieve, extract and
collate the requested information. Disclosure of this information is
therefore exempt under the provisions of FOIA section 12: cost exceeds.

Most of the information that we provide in response to Freedom of
Information Act 2000 requests will be subject to copyright protection.  In
most cases the copyright will be owned by Walsall Council. The copyright
in respect of other information may be owned by another person or
organisation, as indicated.

 

You are free to use any information supplied to you in response to this
request for your own non-commercial research or private study purposes.
The information may also be used for any other purpose allowed by a
limitation or exception in copyright law, such as news reporting.
 However, any other type of re-use, for example by publishing the
information in analogue or digital form, including on the internet, will
require the permission of the copyright owner.

  

I hope that the information provided is useful to you. However, if you are
dissatisfied, you should set out in writing your grounds for complaint and
send to: Corporate Assurance Manager, Resources & Transformation, Civic
Centre, Darwall Street, Walsall, WS1 1TP.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for a decision.
Please remember that, generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you
have first exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the council. The
Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9
5AF. [1]https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/

 

Yours sincerely,

Denise Gold

 

 

Assurance Team, Resources and Transformation

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

Civic Centre,

Darwall Street,

Walsall, WS1 1DG

Email: [Walsall Council request email]

Service area: [2]walsall.gov.uk/ Information Governance and Assurance

Website:  [3]www.walsall.gov.uk

 

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must be deleted and the sender notified.  The views expressed in this
message are personal and not necessarily those of Walsall MBC unless
explicitly stated.  E-mails sent or received from Walsall MBC may be
intercepted and read by the Council.  Interception will only occur to
ensure compliance with Council policies or procedures or regulatory
obligations, to prevent or detect crime. You should also be aware that any
email may be the subject of a request under Data Protection, Freedom of
Information or Environmental Information legislation and therefore could
be disclosed to third parties.

 

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to communicate with you in a more secure way. If you want us to respond by
email you must realise that there can be no guarantee of privacy.

 

 

 

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