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Tender submissions for the Consultants Framework

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Dear Arts Council of England,

May we have a copy of the 12 successful tender submissions for the 2016-2018 Consultants Framework. These were submitted for the Framework under reference art011-0059.

Yours faithfully,

The Logical Alternative

FOI, Arts Council England

Dear Antony
 
Thank you for your request for information from the Arts Council.
 
I can confirm that this request will be considered in line with our
obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  This means that we
will respond to your request in full as soon as possible and, at the
latest, within 20 working days from the day after we received your email. 
Consequently you will hear from us no later than 24 March 2016.
 
If you would like to know more about how we will deal with your request
for information, you can find information on our website
[1]http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/who-we-are...
 
Alternatively for a more comprehensive look at information rights
legislation, please visit the Information Commissioner’s website
[2]http://www.ico.gov.uk 
 
If you have any further queries in the meantime please do not hesitate to
contact me.
 
Kind regards
 
Nick Carter
Officer, Information
Telephone: 0161 934 4341
Email [3][Arts Council of England request email]
 
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FOI, Arts Council England

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Dear Antony
Thank you for your request for information from the Arts Council.
 
As previously mentioned, I can confirm that this request was considered in
line with our obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 
 
Your request:
 
May we have a copy of the 12 successful tender submissions for the
2016-2018 Consultants Framework. These were submitted for the Framework
under reference art011-0059.
 
Our Response:
 
Please see attached for copies of the 12 applications for the tender Ref
ART011-0059. Included are the tender submissions from the following
organisations:
 

* Alchemy (two appendices withheld in full under Section 43(2) –
Prejudicial to commercial interests)
* AP Benson
* ArtReach
* Arts Governance
* Bonnar Keenlyside
* BOP Consulting
* DCA Consultancy
* FD Solutions
* Fourth Street Place Consultants
* Golant Media
* Susan Royce
* The Management Centre

 
You will notice that some information has been withheld. I have explained
below why this is the case under our obligations in respect to the Freedom
of Information Act.
 
Section 40(2) – personal data
 
Section 40(2) provides an exemption from the disclosure obligation where
that information is 1) personal data and 2) where releasing the
information would contravene the Data Protection Act 1998.   
 
The Arts Council has a responsibility to hold the personal data of other
individuals securely and in line with the principles of the Data
Protection Act.  Releasing this information would contravene the first
principle of fair and lawful processing.
 
Section 43(2) – Prejudicial to commercial interests
 
A public authority is entitled to withhold information under this
provision where disclosure of that information would be likely to
prejudice the commercial interests of any persons (including the authority
holding the information).
 
Under Section 43(2) we are also required to carry out a public interest
test to determine whether the public interest in disclosing commercially
prejudicial information is outweighed by the public interest in
withholding the information. 
 
PUBLIC INTEREST TEST
 
Factors in favour of disclosure
 

* It is acknowledged that disclosing the information requested would
enhance transparency and accountability.
* As a publicly funded organisation, the public has a legitimate
interest in the Arts Council’s activities.
* Disclosure would increase public awareness, thus enabling a public
debate about decisions made by Arts Council England in relation to
this programme.

 
Factors against disclosure
 

* Disclosure of the information requested would be likely to
disproportionately prejudice the commercial interests of the
organisations in question, as well as the Arts Council’s own
commercial interests.
* It is not in the public interest for the commercial viability of
applicants to be jeopardised unnecessarily. 
* It is not in the public interest for applicants to be deterred from
applying for funding, or engaging with us, because they have concerns
relating to the protection of their confidential and commercially
sensitive information.

 
Copyright notice
 
Please note that copyright in the information you have been given belongs
to Arts Council England or to another party.  Copyright material must not
be copied, distributed, modified, reproduced, transmitted, published
(including published on the Internet or an intranet), or otherwise made
available in whole or in part without the prior written consent of the
copyright holder.
 
We hope you are satisfied with the way in which we have dealt with your
request for information under the Freedom of Information Act, however, if
you are not satisfied that this is the case then you are entitled to an
internal review.  If you do wish for an internal review of the manner in
which we have applied the Freedom of Information Act in this case, please
contact me at the address above, explaining what specifically you would
like us to review under the Act.  Alternatively you can detail your
specific concerns in writing and send them to the Chief Executive, Arts
Council England, 21 Bloomsbury Street, London, WC1B 3HF or email to
[1][email address]
 
Subsequently, if you are not content with the outcome of the internal
review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information
Commissioner for a decision.  The Information Commissioner can be
contacted at Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water
Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.
 
Kind regards
 
Nick Carter
Officer, Information
Telephone: 0161 934 4341
Email [2][Arts Council of England request email]
 
[3]web | [4]twitter | [5]facebook | [6]instagram | [7]linkedin
 
I think [8]#culturematters – do you?
 
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