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Thank you for your request for information about the following:
Earlier this year, health and social care secretary Steve Barclay wrote to you. He asked whether you were getting “value for money from your diversity and inclusion memberships, and if not, consider any steps that you could take to address that”.
This included “following the Department [of Health and Social Care]’s example and allowing any associations/subscriptions that you have to lapse or be cancelled”. He set a deadline for 1 May to report back.
Please provide a copy of your response to Mr Barclay following this letter. In addition, please also answer the following questions:
1- Do you have any diversity and inclusion memberships that you have allowed to “lapse or be cancelled”? This can include before or after Mr Barclay’s letter;
2- If the answer is “yes” to question 1, please disclose:
How many you have/had (under Mr Barclay’s definition of these memberships);
Who each of them were with;
How long the organisation had been subscribed to them; and
How much they cost – both on a per annum and total cost basis
Your request was received on 23 May 2023 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Letter to Steve Barclay
A copy of the information is attached.
Questions 1 & 2
No memberships to diversity and inclusion organisation have been cancelled or allowed to lapse, before or after Mr Barclay’s letter.
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