The Request

Received on 16 February 2017

From:  [] 

Sent: 16 February 2017 16:23

Subject: ICT Documents

To FOI Officer

I would like to submit a freedom of information request for the following document relating to the following:

ICT Documents

1.       ICT Strategy- I require the document that hold future plan and strategy of the organisation’s ICT department.

2.       ICT Departmental Business Plan

3.       ICT Technical Strategy.

4.       ICT Structure

5.       ICT Capital budgets and programmes

Can you please provide me with the latest document to date the organisation holds and please state this within the response. If no information is provided, I will contact the organisation back to verify that this is the latest version of the document. 

AN example of this would be an ICT strategy 2012-2017, in some cases, this is acceptable, but on the foot of the document, it states 2012. We require the latest documents; please communicate this to the information holders.

If the organisation doesn’t have a document that covers the current financial year, please provide me with information (month) on when this document will be published or updated. In the response please provide us with the previous document along with publish month of the future document.

If you feel that your organisation or the department hold other documents that relate to my request or the document above please send them accordingly.

Some organisations within the region may title the document something else, which includes IM&T Strategy, IS Strategy, Technology Strategy and ICT Strategic Plan.

Lead member: Cabinet Member for ICT and Telecommunications come under. Please can you provide me with their direct contact details including their Full Name, Actual Job Title, Contact Number and Direct Email Address? 

Can you please provide me with a direct link to this committee?



Our Response

Responded on 15 March 2017

From: IG_Disclosures 

Sent: 15 March 2017 15:19


Subject: RE: ICT Documents (FOI_2017_12)

Case Reference: FOI_2017_12

15 March 2017


Thank you for your request for information dated 16 February 2017 concerning ICT documents. Your request has been handled under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000 and has been passed to me for reply.

We do not hold the specific documents you have requested but we have located other documents which closely match. Please find attached the following documents:

•GIS Data and Insight Reporting Strategy

•GIS High Level 4 Year Plans

•GIS Strategy 2015

•Tech Radars 2016

•GIS Level 1 and Level 2 Organogram

Please note that we have withheld some information from within the document titled ‘GIS Data and Insight Reporting Strategy’ as the exemption under section 40 (Personal data) sub-section (2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 applies. 

Section 40(2) (Personal information) allows a public authority to withhold information relating to third parties if one of the conditions set out in section 40(3) is satisfied. Under the FOIA disclosure of this information would breach the fair processing principle contained in the Data Protection Act (DPA), where it would be unfair to that person or if it is confidential.

We have redacted the name of the person who created that document as it would not be fair to that individual if we disclosed information about them. 

Section 40 is an absolute exemption therefore is not subject to the public interest test.

I hope the information provided has been useful. 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original letter and should be addressed to: 

Information Governance Advisor (Disclosures)

Information Governance and Risk Management 

British Council

Bridgewater House

58 Whitworth Street


M1 6BB 


If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner for a decision at: 

The Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane




Phone: 0303 123 1113 


Yours sincerely

Information Governance Advisor (Disclosures) | Information Governance and Risk Management Team