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Freedom of Information Request

Diversity and Inclusion

Received: 23 August 2021

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information from Barnet Council. Please may you provide me with the answers to the following:

* Does the authority have a program that promotes Diversity and/or Inclusion or similar and if so what is the published purpose of this program?

* Has your council set up representative employee groups such as BAME, Women's, LGBTQ+ or other groups? If so please list these groups.

* Please provide the estimated expenditure of all programs between Jan 2018 - Jan 2021 linked to Diversity and Inclusion including estimated amount of officer time to run or set up staff network groups such as BAME, LGBTQ+ or others, events, publications or other activity.

* Does the authority have either training or information for staff on unconscious bias? If so please detail what this is, the name of the provider of the training (if applicable) and the annual cost to the council.

* If the authority has unconscious bias training, is it compulsory for all employees or subsets of employees to undertake this?

* If the authority undertakes unconscious bias training how are the results reported back to the corporate body either anonymised results or as numbers of employees undertaking the training?

* Has the authority commissioned or conducted any research, audit or insight into diversity and inclusion and if so please provide any resulting report, the costs of the activity and how this is reported within the council.

* Please provide a list of external speakers invited to meetings with staff or representative staff groups in the last two years (March 2019 - March 2021) and the costs associated if applicable.

* Please provide transcripts of all Diversity and Inclusion training or meetings that have taken place from January 2020 to March 2021.

* Has the authority supported the Black Lives Matter movement in statements, published or verbal material either externally or internally?

* Has your council's leadership team or individuals within it publicly commented on the Black Lives Matter movement using assets owned by the authority? If so please provide the examples of this.

* Has your council through either the Political Leader or his/her Cabinet/ Senior team of Chief Executive or other Senior managers published an opinion on the death of George Floyd in America in June 2020? If so please provide the published opinion.

Please provide the information in the form of both written and where appropriate data tables. If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section 12, please provide advice and assistance, under the Section 16 obligations of the Act, as to how I can refine my request.

If you can identify any ways that my request could be refined I would be grateful for any further advice and assistance.

Outcome / Documents

  • Response (some not held) - application/pdf - Download