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From: information.governance@hertscc.gov.uk
To: race_equality_inspectorate@live.co.uk
Subject: Request for information: BME statistics and strategy FOI/RAP/03/12/4317
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2012 14:10:13 +0000
Dear Race Equality Inspectorate
Reference number: FOI/RAP/03/12/4317

On 26th March 2012 we received the following request for information from you (TruthDelve):

1. Does Hertfordshire Council have a detailed breakdown of the individual racial group percentage that when added together constitute the BME percentage within the top 5% of staff by salary level for the years 2006-2011?

2. Does Hertfordshire Council have detailed information on the total employee percentage by individual racial group and BME for the years 2006-2011?

3. Does Hertfordshire Council have detailed information on ethnicity population data for the Hertfordshire area for the years 2006-2011?

4. Does Hertfordshire Council have information on the performance of the Race Equality Strategy for employment and external service delivery to Black and Non-white communities for the years 2006-2011?

Your request for information has been considered under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I can confirm that Hertfordshire County Council does hold some of the information you have requested, and can respond as follows:

1. We do not have this percentage figure for the years requested. We produce a snapshot as required and we can provide information as at December 2011 as follows:
6.25% - Pakistani background
6.25% - White and Asian background
37.5% - Indian background
12.5% - Other backgrounds
12.5% - Other Asian background
6.25% - Other Mixed background  
6.25% - Chinese background
6.25%  - White & Black African background
6.25% - African background

2. The information which we hold on workforce by ethnicity from 2005/6 onwards can be found on our website at:

3We do not hold detailed information on ethnicity population. Information is gathered by the Office for national statistics and we use their data, gathered from each census or mid-term estimates.

4.  Hertfordshire no longer has a Race Equality Scheme.  In 2010 this along with the gender and disability schemes was incorporated into a Single Equality Strategy.  This reflected the government's trend of combining equality strands under a single piece of legislation, the Equality Act, and combining the strand commissions, i.e. the Equal Opportunities Commission, Commission for Racial Equality etc into the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
In accordance with the Public Sector Equality Duty of the Equality Act we have published evidence to show we are complying with the general equality duty, i.e. to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation, advance equality of opportunity between different groups and foster good relations between different groups.
 This can be found on our website at:

Additional information regarding HCC's approach to Equality and Diversity, including a copy of our Single Equality Strategy can be found on HertsDirect at:

We have recorded and reported annually on our performance as an employer since 2005/6 and this information can be found on our website at:

We have also previously provided the document Putting people first in response to your request

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, quoting the reference above. To find out more about Freedom of Information, please visit www.hertsdirect.org/foi

If you are unhappy with the way the County Council has handled your request for information you may request an internal review of the request. This will be carried out by a member of the County Council Legal Services Team, who has had no prior involvement with the request. Requests for an internal review should be sent to the Information Governance Unit at the address above.

If you are unhappy with the outcome of the internal review you are entitled to ask the Information Commissioner to investigate your complaint. You should write to: FOI/EIR Complaints Resolution, Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House,
Water Lane
, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely,

Elaine Dunnicliffe

Information Access Manager
Information Governance Unit
Hertfordshire County Council
Postal Point CHN 305
County Hall,
Hertford, SG13 8DQ
Telephone: 01992 555848
The Information Governance Unit supports Hertfordshire County Council's Data Protection, Freedom of Information and Records Management activity.
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