Warks REIA - Term Time Holiday

Waiting for an internal review by Warwickshire County Council of their handling of this request.

Dear Warwickshire County Council,

I am writing to you to request a copy of the "Race and Equality Impact Assessment" which your council had a legal obligation (under the Race Relations Amendment Act 2000), to conduct in relation to the policies in relation to School Time Holidays, attendance, and absenteeism.

Your obligation should also ensure that you monitor the operation of your policies and the effect they have on pupils, staff and parents. Please provide the information you store, which outlines how you have monitored the effects of your school time holidays / attendance / absenteeism policy.

Should you not be aware of how to handle a FOIA request, please consult the ICO: http://ico.org.uk

Yours faithfully,

Wayne Pearsall

Perla Kinsella,

 
Information request
Our reference: 1303228

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Dear Mr Pearsall
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 1 March
2016.
 
We are dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000and we aim to send a response by 31 March 2016.
 
In some case, a fee may be payable. If we decide a fee is payable, we will
send you a fee notice and we will require you to pay the fee before
proceeding with your request.
 
The Freedom of Information Act 2000may restrict the release of some or all
of the information you have requested. We will carry out an assessment and
if any exemptionsapply to some or all of the information then we might not
provide that information to you. We will inform you if this is the case
and advise you of your rights to request an internal review and to
complain to the Information Commissioner's Office.
 
We will also advise you if we cannot provide you with the information
requested for any other reason together with the reason(s) why and details
of how you may appeal (if appropriate).
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Perla Kinsella
Information Rights Officer
Warwickshire County Council
Information Management
Tel: 01926 412285
Email: [email address]

 
NOTE: Please do not edit the subject line when replying to this email.

Perla Kinsella,

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Information request
Our reference: 1303228

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Dear Mr Pearsall
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 1 March 2016.
 
Please find attached our response to your request.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Perla Kinsella
Information Rights Officer
Warwickshire County Council
Information Management
Tel: 01926 412285
Email: [email address]

 
NOTE: Please do not edit the subject line when replying to this email.

Dear Perla Kinsella,

1303228

I think you're mistaken. You're council does hold multiple Policies. Some of which are online... Ie ace team, and many more...

So please review your response...

Yours sincerely,

Wayne Pearsall

Jonathan Sheward,

 
Information request
Our reference: 1303228

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Dear Mr Pearsall,
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
I am writing in response to your e-mail of 24 March 2016, that was sent in
reply to our response of 23 March 2016 to your request concerning Race and
Equality Impact Assessments.

I have looked again at any information that the council has availble in
answer to your request. 

Guidance is held on the council's website and can be accessed via the
link:

[1]http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/pupilnona...

You will see that a Code of Conduct is also accessible via this webpage.

For your further information I advise that the Race Relations Act, as
referred to in your original request, no longer applies - and has been
replaced by the Equalities Act 2010.

The Equality Act brought in the general equality duty which has three
aims.It requires public bodies and schools to have due regard to the need
to: 

• eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any 
other conduct 

prohibited by the Act; 

• advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected 

characteristic and people who do not share it; 

and 

• foster good relations between people who share a protected
characteristic 
and people who do not share it. 

Having due regard means consciously thinking about the three aims of the 
Equality Duty as part of the process of decision-making. It does not 
expressly mean schools have to have equality policies, schemes and/or 
action plans or carry out equality impact assessments. They may however, 
need to evidence how they have shown due regard if asked. 

In relation to this enquiry, schools would need to consider whether their 
term time holiday policy indirectly discriminates against any group
within 
the protected characteristics of the Equality Act, if it prohibits all
term 
time holidays. 
 
I hope that the above is of help and interest to you, and apologise if the
situation was not made clearer in our original response.

I advise that I have looked again at your request outside of our Internal
Review procedures. However this process is still available to you if you
are still unhappy with our response to your request.

If you would like us to look at your request again under our Internal
Review procedures, please state this to me in writing.

Yours sincerely
 
 
Jonathan Sheward
Information Rights Officer
Warwickshire County Council
Information Management
Tel: 01926 418633
Email: [email address]

 
NOTE: Please do not edit the subject line when replying to this email.

References

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1. http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/pupilnon

Dear Jonathan Sheward,

I'm sure legal advice have been pondering my request for some time.

I have asked your body to evidence how it has taken account of the eight protected characteristics.

Each of the 174 schools I've asked, and has responded to date, have each tokens they have not conducted any requisite assessment.

As you will be aware, the general public sector equality duty requires that in every action taken, due regard to the protected characteristics is given. The easiest method to evidence this is with a reia.

Now, you will note that the schools, and your council are separate bodies. Your council has taken a number of actions, including creating a model policy for schools to enact. What assessment was conducted into these model policies.

The council created a ace team, who are willing to prosecute in contravention of article 12 of the United nations Covent on civil and political freedoms, which mean no person can be refused entry to their country of nationality. or even exit from their own country.

Where is the the reia for this creation.

The code of conduct, how does this protect the protected characteristics...

Your response is quite irrelevant... It has failed to answer or provide information requested.

Yours sincerely,

Wayne Pearsall

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I'm guessing that wcc are beginning to panic right about now...

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