Remote Working Resources (FOI-5770)
Dear ***** *****
Re: Freedom of Information Request.
Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, received 7 April 2020. Your request has been considered and our response is in bold below.
You requested the following:
I would like to know what policies are in place within your organisation to enable remote working during the Covid-19 lockdown since the start of the calendar year please.
1. Breakdown of the number of new devices purchased by your organisation:
o Tablet computers
o Mobile Phones
2. Detail on remote working software/licences purchased
o Number of Zoom accounts created
o Number of new office 365 account purchased
The Council’s Response
Information in regards to Hackney Council’s preparations for, response to, and advice regarding the Coronavirus pandemic is available online. As this information is readily available, and updated daily, your requested information is exempt under s.21 and s.22 of the Freedom of Information Act.
Hackney Council believes there is a greater public interest in holding this information back until it is approved for publication. To dedicate efforts on advancing publication may undermine current safeguarding processes and may ultimately cause us to duplicate efforts which would not be the most efficient use of current resources.
Specific information may also be exempt under s.38 of the Freedom of Information Act, as the release of information, while in a draft or unapproved format, may endanger the safety of Hackney residents. We understand the importance of releasing information to enable public debate, however, there is greater public importance for the release of accurate and consistent messaging to best protect those vulnerable and at risk.
Appeals & Complaints Procedure
If you are dissatisfied with this response and wish to appeal, please reply to this email this will be dealt with through our Internal Review procedure.
Your request should be submitted to us within 40 working days of receipt by you of this response. Any request received after this time will only be considered at the discretion of the Council.
If you are still not satisfied following the Internal Review, you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner"s:
Information Commissioner"s Office
0303 123 1113
Information Management Team
London Borough of Hackney