The Request

Received on 21 October 2017

From:  [mailto:@mailonsunday.co.uk] 

Sent: 21 October 2016 15:12

To: IG_Disclosures

Subject: FOI request re IICSA

 

To whom it may concern,  

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide me with full answers to each of the following questions regarding the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA): 

1.       How much money is your organisation expecting to spend in total on complying with the demands of IICSA for the current financial year, 2016-17, and also for the 2017-18 financial year?

2.       How much money has your organisation spent to date on legal costs for IICSA, either on lawyers for the preliminary hearings or in providing legal opinion?

3.       Has your organisation had to employ any extra staff or contractors to search through archives or store additional documents as a result of IICSA? If so please provide details. 

I attach two internal reports, one by the Metropolitan Police and one by Lambeth Council, which cover these points and show that the answers can and should be published. 

Please respond within 20 working days.

Thank you,

 

The Mail on Sunday

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Our Response

Responded on 14 November 2017

From: IG_Disclosures 

Sent: 14 November 2016 12:33

To: 

Subject: RE: FOI request re IICSA (FOI/2016/74)

 

Case Reference: FOI/2016/74

14 November 2016

Dear 

Thank you for your request for information dated 21 October 2016 concerning the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA). Your request has been handled under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000 and has been passed to me for reply.

I can confirm, under section 1 (1) (a) of the FOIA, that the British Council does hold the information you have requested.

For your ease of reference, I have restated your request below in bold and have provided our response beneath each question.

1. How much money is your organisation expecting to spend in total on complying with the demands of IICSA for the current financial year, 2016-17, and also for the 2017-18 financial year?

2016-17 - £59,287.40

* The figure for 2016-17 includes the total money spent to date, detailed under point 2 below, and the cost of the contractor, detailed under point 3 below. 

2017-18 - £50,000 has been budgeted. 

2. How much money has your organisation spent to date on legal costs for IICSA, either on lawyers for the preliminary hearings or in providing legal opinion?

£51,912.40

3. Has your organisation had to employ any extra staff or contractors to search through archives or store additional documents as a result of IICSA? If so please provide details.

Yes we hired a contractor to project manage the IICSA. 

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

Manchester

M1 6BB 

Email: IGDisclosures@britishcouncil.org 

 

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

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Phone: 0303 123 1113 

Website: www.ico.org.uk

Yours sincerely

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

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