Dear Department for Education,

Please could you give me some information about the applications for the SSEF this year? I'd simply like to know how many applications were submitted.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Joanne Bartley

MINISTERS, Department for Education

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Dear Ms Bartley

Thank you for your recent enquiry. A reply will be sent to you as soon as possible. For information; the departmental standard for correspondence received is that responses should be sent within 20 working days as you are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2019-0016946

Thank you

Department for Education
Ministerial and Public Communications Division
Tel: 0370 000 2288

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ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

Dear Joanne Bartley,

Thank you for your request for information, which we received on 30 April.

You requested, “Please could you give me some information about the
applications for the SSEF this year? I'd simply like to know how many
applications were submitted”.

I am dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(the Act).

The department holds the information you have requested. However, we
consider that the information we hold on the list of schools who have
applied is exempt from release under section 22 of the Act. Section 22
provides for information to be exempt from disclosure where the
information is held by the department with a view to its publication by
the department or any other person. The department plans to publish the
information you have requested later this year.

Section 22 of the Act is a qualified exemption, which means a public
interest test needs to be carried out, in doing so the following factors
have been fully considered:

i)      We acknowledge that there is a general public interest in
disclosure because of the need for there to be open and transparent
government, and that the sharing of information with the public should be
free and open.

ii)     The public interest in permitting the government to publish
information in a manner and at a time of its own choosing is also
important. It is part of the effective conduct of public affairs that the
general publication of information is a conveniently planned and managed
activity within the reasonable control of the public authority.

iii)    It is not reasonable for the government to be expected to release
piecemeal information in advance of its planned timetable and planned
publication, and there is a strong argument in favour of allowing everyone
to view this information at the same time.

The arguments for and against release have been considered and it is our
view that the balance of public interest falls in favour of the
maintenance of this exemption in relation to the information relating to
this request.

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you should
make a complaint to the department by writing to me within two calendar
months of the date of this letter. Your complaint will be considered by an
independent review panel, who were not involved in the original
consideration of your request. 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint to the
department, you may then contact the Information Commissioner’s Office. 

 

Yours sincerely

Lateef Agboola

Correspondence Capital Group

Operations Directorate
Department for Education

Sanctuary Buildings, Level 5

Great Smith Street, Westminster

London SW1P 3BT

 

 

 

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