Reply from Ofcom to my Freedom of Information (FOI) Request on Compliance with the Equality Act 2010/2011 in relation to the Election Guidelines 2015

Response from Ofcom To FOI Regarding Compliance with the Equality Act in relation to Election Guidelines

Go to: The Ends of the British State in Planet Magazine: The Welsh Internationalist

Go to: “They Destroy, We Create: The Anti-Austerity UK Alliance” in Planet Magazine: The Welsh Internationalist

Go to: Athens Without Slavery: The Battle For Europe – Syriza and the New European Left

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Go to: Open Letter to Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC, on Inclusion and Equality in the Leader’s Debates

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Comments on the Ofcom Response

1) The expenditure constraints on Freedom of Information (£450), are ludicrous and undemocratic given the seriousness of the Freedom of Information Act; Freedom of Information, unless it takes too much time to uncover the information (my request would take 18 hours which exceeds the £450 allotted to each request).  Such restrictions are patently absurd and a mockery of the entire notion of Freedom of Information.

2) An important finding is that OFCOM HELD NO MEETINGS REGARDING THE EQUALITY ACT 2010 & THE 2011 SUPPLEMENTS FOR BROADCASTERS IN RELATION TO THE ELECTION GUIDELINES FOR 2015. Ofcom also claims to have had no communications with the Coalition government, Civil Servants, other political parties, broadcasters, etc.  between 2010-2015 regarding the Equality Act 2010/2011 in relation to the Election Guidelines.

 3) It is also significant that Ofcom, right from the beginning of their response, claim to be only involved in deciding “party election broadcasts” and not election debates or their participants. SO WHY DID THEY CLAIM TO HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO INITIALLY EXCLUDE THE GREENS FROM THE DEBATES?  According to this response, THEY NEVER HAD ANY AUTHORITY IN THIS MATTER.  Is it a coincidence that Cameron used this exclusion of the Greens as a political stunt the next day?

To read the reply, please visit Reply from Ofcom to my FOI Request on Compliance with Equality Act 2010/2011

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Go to: Freedom of Information Request (FOI) to Ofcom on Compliance With Equality Act

Freedom of Information Request (FOI) to Ofcom on Compliance With Equality Act – Dr James Luchte

Go to: “They Destroy, We Create: The Anti-Austerity UK Alliance” in Planet Magazine: The Welsh Internationalist

Go to: Athens Without Slavery: The Battle For Europe – Syriza and the New European Left

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A response was received to my Freedom of Information (FOI) to Ofcom on Compliance With Equality Act 2010 and its 2011 Supplements for Broadcasters, and they promise to answer my FOI Request by 19 February 2015.

Dewis Amgen Positif

Progressive alliance - Plaid Cymru. SNP. Greens

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST TO OFCOM

22 January 2015
Information Requests
The Office of Communications
Riverside House
2a Southwark Bridge Road
London
SE1 9HA
Fax: information requests on 0300 123 0811
Email: information.requests@ofcom.org.uk

1 – In my first request, I ask you to provide copies of the all communications and documents whether electronic or otherwise which pertain to OFCOM’s steps to comply with the Equality Act 2010 and its 2011 Supplements for Broadcasters: 2011 Statutory Instruments (No. 2260), Special Duties, and Regulations of the Act.

2 – In my second request, I ask you to provide a list of meetings, participants, and minutes thereof which related, in any manner, to the Equality Act 2010 and its 2011 Supplements for Broadcasters: 2011 Statutory Instruments (No. 2260), Special Duties, and Regulations of the Act.

3 – In my third request, I ask you to provide copies of whatever notes or minutes were taken of any occasions in which OFCOM discussed and made efforts to bring the Election Guidelines of 2010 into compliance with the Equality Act 2010 and its 2011 Supplements for Broadcasters: 2011 Statutory Instruments (No. 2260), Special Duties, and Regulations of the Act

4 – In my fourth request, I ask you to provide me with all documentation, communications, whether electronic or otherwise, which pertain to Election Guidelines per se, the Election Guidelines of 2010 as such and details of the Consultation process and all meetings and communications pertaining to the 2015 Election Guidelines.

5 – In my fifth request, I ask you to provide copies, whether electronic or otherwise, of any and all communications that OFCOM has had with the Coalition government, or agents thereof, or with members of the Civil Service, political parties (or their representatives), and broadcasters, regarding the Equality Act 2010 and its 2011 Supplements for Broadcasters: 2011 Statutory Instruments (No. 2260), Special Duties, and Regulations of the Act or with respect to the topic Election Guidelines per se.

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Write to Ofcom, Demanding Inclusion, Diversity and Equality in the Leaders Debates and Make A FOI Request on the Equality Act of 2010 and the 2011 Supplements for Broadcasters.

Open Letter to Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC, on Inclusion and Equality in the Leader’s Debates

Write to Ofcom, Demanding Inclusion, Diversity and Equality in the Leaders Debates and Make A FOI Request on the Equality Act of 2010

Go to: “They Destroy, We Create: The Anti-Austerity UK Alliance” in Planet Magazine: The Welsh Internationalist

Go to: Athens Without Slavery: The Battle For Europe – Syriza and the New European Left

UPDATE: ON 22 January 2015, the BBC & ITV invited the member Parties of Anti-Austerity UK alliance, The Green Party, Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales to participate in the UK Leaders Debates. Keep Writing so they don’t change their minds.

Open Letter to Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC on Inclusion and Equality in the Leader’s Debates 2015
Go to: Open Letter To Tony Hall, General-Director of the BBC on Inclusion and Equality in the Leaders Debates, re-published in Daily Wales: News of a Sovereign Nation on January 5, 2015.

Write to Ofcom Demanding Inclusion, Diversity and Equality In the Leaders Debates

Make a FOI Request of Ofcom’s Compliance with the 2010 Equality Act and its 2011 Supplements for Broadcasters

Let's Have A Real Debate!

I have written a FOI request and I have been notified by Ofcom that my request will be answered by 19 February 2015.
Write to Ofcom on Inclusion & Equality
Write to or call Ofcom, demanding that they include the Green Party, The Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales in the Leader’s Debates for the 2015 UK General Election:
Ofcom Riverside House
2a Southwark Bridge Road
London SE1 9HA
Demand Inclusiveness, Diversity and Equality in the Election Debates from Ofcom on 0300 123 3333 or 020 7981 3040, Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm.
And/Or
Make a FOI (Freedom of Information) Request of Ofcom’s compliance with 2010/2011 Equality Act
Make a Freedom of Information Request FOI from Ofcom requesting information of their compliance and the steps they made to comply with the Equality Act 2010 and the 2011 Supplements for Broadcasters: 2011 Statutory Instruments (No. 2260), Special Duties, and Regulations of the Act with regard to the Election Guidelines and the Election Debates.
How to Make a Freedom of Information Request
Information Requests
The Office of Communications
Riverside House
2a Southwark Bridge Road
London
SE1 9HA
Fax: information requests on 0300 123 0811
Email: information.requests@ofcom.org.uk
Open Letter to Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC on Inclusion and Equality in the Leader’s Debates 2015
Go to: Open Letter To Tony Hall, General-Director of the BBC on Inclusion and Equality in the Leaders Debates, re-published in Daily Wales: News of a Sovereign Nation on January 5, 2015.