Response to the 2020 UUK USS pension contribution consultations

Clément Mouhot made this Freedom of Information request to University of Cambridge

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The request was refused by University of Cambridge.

Clément Mouhot

Dear University of Cambridge,

Please send a copy of your response to the consultation of USS employers organised in February 2020 by UUK on whether UUK should offer to increase the employer contribution.

Yours faithfully,

Clément Mouhot

FOI, University of Cambridge

This is to acknowledge receipt of your request for information. Your reference number is given in the subject line of this email. We will respond on or before 1 April 2020.

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Freedom of Information Office
University of Cambridge
Registrary's Office, The Old Schools
Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TN
T: (01223 7)64142
F: (01223 3)32332
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FOI, University of Cambridge

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Further to your request for information, please find attached the University’s response.

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Freedom of Information Office
University of Cambridge
Registrary's Office, The Old Schools
Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TN
E: [email address]

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Dear University of Cambridge,

Thanks for getting back to me, please could I request an internal review of this decision?

Yours faithfully,

Clément Mouhot

FOI, University of Cambridge

This is to acknowledge receipt of your request for a review of our handling of request number FOI-2020-217. We will respond on or before 30 April 2020.

Regards,

Freedom of Information Office
University of Cambridge
Registrary's Office, The Old Schools
Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TN
E: [email address]

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FOI, University of Cambridge

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Further to your request for a review, please find attached the University’s response.

Regards,

Freedom of Information Office
University of Cambridge
Registrary's Office, The Old Schools
Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TN
E: [email address]

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Dear James Knapton,

Your refusal is not evidenced. Please can you explain the following:

You say: "In particular, I am mindful that it is the public interest – rather than the narrow interests of staff within the University or the sector – that needs to be considered when applying a qualified exemption, and I see minimal public interest in disclosure of the precise information in question at the present time."

Please give argument about why it is in the "public interest" (rather than in the narrow interest of UUK) to withhold informations about university workers' pensions?

You see "minimal public interest" in disclosing informations, but isn't it the very nature of "public interest" that it cannot be defined arbitrarily but derives from concerns raised by the public? (hence the existence of FOI).

Yours sincerely,
Clément Mouhot

FOI, University of Cambridge

Dear Professor Mouhot,

Our review response was brief as you had not submitted any arguments as to why you felt that the exemption had been misapplied. We stress that the exemption we engaged was that the information is due for future publication. As such, the public interest test needs to assess whether the wide public interest in the information, at this point in time, outweighs the University's and UUK's interests in retaining the confidentiality of the information for the time being. The conclusion was that there was no prevailing public interest in transparency when set against the expectation that individual submissions would not be made public, at least immediately, and that in any event the outcome of the consultation across the sector was already in the public domain (e.g. at the bottom of p.2 of https://www.ussemployers.org.uk/sites/de...).

You have the right of complaint to the ICO as previously advised.

Regards,

Freedom of Information Office
University of Cambridge
Registrary's Office, The Old Schools
Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TN
E: [email address]

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