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Subject: The Greater London Authority Race Relations FOI

Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:33:11 +0100

Dear Ian Lister, Information Governance Manager, Greater London Authority,

Thank you for your reply.

You wrote:

“I have reviewed all the aspects of your request . . . “

You, Ian Lister, could be a White Supremacist. There is no way for me to know whether you, Ian Lister, are a White Supremacist unless I ask you and observe your response. I cannot afford to take the risk of assuming that you, Ian Lister, are not a Racist. That is why I must ask and observe your response. It is very relevant to know if you, Ian Lister, are a Racist when making an inquiry about Race Relations in the Greater London Authority and the way Race Relations impacts the management of the people in the Greater London Authority and the people that the Greater London Authority impacts. Can you understand that?

I am Derrick Lynch, a Black, Male, IC3, B9, BEUR (Race and Ethnicity Codes). I am a victim of Racism.

1. Are you, Ian Lister, a White Man? Yes or No?

2. Are you, Ian Lister, a Racist? Yes or No?

Please identify yourself by Race and Ethnicity to avoid any suspicion of Racially Aggravated Disorderly Behavior on your part.

Kind regards

Derrick Lynch IC3, B9, BEUR

________________________________________________________________________

Derrick Lynch derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk

Ref: MGLA090615-7399

Date: 25 June 2015

Dear Mr Lynch

FoIA Internal Review – Race Relations Policy

I write in response to your email dated the 9th June 2015 in which you request an Internal Review of our response to your request of the 14th May 2015 where you requested the release of the following information:

“Please could you send me:

The Greater London Authority Race Relations Policy

A Greater London Authority report on how the Race Relations Policy has been performing to date

Details of how the Greater London Authority manages and monitors Race Relations

Details of how many Black people are in and have been in Senior Management positions in the Greater London Authority”.

As an individual who was not involved in the initial handling of your request, I have undertaken an independent review of all aspects of this request.

I have considered whether the correct procedures were followed in handling your request and whether the GLA has met its obligations set out under the Freedom of Information Act. The findings of this review are set out below.

Initial Response

In response to your initial request (reference MGLA140515-5644), we provided all of the information that was held by the GLA that was in-scope of your request. We stressed that a number of our records had different titles to those that you specifically requested. Nevertheless, the GLA released all of the information that it held that was in scope of your request. Our response clarified:

The GLA has an equality framework for London called, ‘Equal Life Chances for All’, which outlines how the GLA mainstreams equality and lists our equality objectives. http://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/ELCFA%20FINAL%20.pdf

The Mayor’s Annual Equality Report 2013/14 highlights the progress made during the financial year towards achieving the GLA’s equality objectives. It also gives the latest figures and trends for the indicators of progress.

http://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Mayor%27s%20Annual%20Equality

%20Report%202013-14%20Final_3.pdf

Section 2.12 of the Mayor’s Annual Equality Report 2013/14 provides detail with regards to the monitoring of equalities data and the Equalities Taskforce action plan.

As detailed in the Mayor’s Annual Equality Report 2013/14 the proportion of BAME staff in senior positions is 16.5%

Your complaint

Your email of the 9th June 2015 requested we conduct an Internal Review into our handling of your request. Your email did not specify how the GLA had failed to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of the Information Act.

Internal Review considerations

I have reviewed all the aspects of your request and it is clear that the original response fully complied with all of our obligations under the Freedom of Information Act. The GLA provided you with a response letter within the statutory twenty-working day deadline. The response clearly explained what information was held by the GLA in relation to your request, and identified what information was not held by the organisation.

The response also provided you with all of the information that was held by the GLA that was in-scope of you request, advising and assisting where necessary to explain why the specific information you had requested was not held. This response therefore complied with our obligations under section 1(1) of the Act, section 10, section 16 and the appropriate parts of section 17.

The questions and concerns that you raise in your email of the 9th June 2015 relate to the fact that you are not happy with the nature or content of the information that has been released to you.

The purpose of the Internal Review process is to assess if the initial request submitted to a public authority was handled in accordance with the requirements and obligations of the Freedom of Information Act and, where the requested information could not be provided, that the correct provisions of the Act have been applied. This process is not designed to address any subsequent requests for information, answer new questions, or address the fact that you are unhappy it the nature of the information that we hold.

The GLA has fully complied with all aspects of the Act in handling your request and there are no other matters for this Internal Review to address regarding this request.

On a separate but related note, you will recall from our correspondence of the 15th December 2014 that we refused your previous FoIA request (reference MGLA091214-4222) as being vexatious, under section 14(1) of the Act. In that letter, we explained that we had:

‘..assessed that your intention for making this request is to publish the names and photographs of GLA employees on your website alongside unsubstantiated allegations of racism and other comments. The sole aim of this appears to be for persecuting and harassing those individuals’

I consider that there are parallels between the topic, tone and language of your email requesting this Internal Review and your previous correspondence received by the GLA and with the aforementioned FoI request.

It is also clear from content of your website that this FoI request and Internal Review are part of wider campaign against public authorities, where you appear to publish unsubstantiated allegations of racism and target individuals involved in handling your correspondence, accusing some of them of being white supremacists.

Your email requesting this Internal Review also specifically targets a member of staff, asking them to provide you with sensitive personal data regarding their ethnicity.

I am therefore advising you that we may now refuse to handle any future requests from you on this subject matter as we consider them to be vexatious.

As we explained in our letter of the 15th December 2014, we have considered your requests in conjunction with the guidance issues by the Information Commissioner’s Office1 on when a request can be considered to be vexatious.

Accordingly, the GLA will neither acknowledge nor reply to any future requests for information on this topic.

If following this internal review you remain dissatisfied, you may make a complaint to the Information Commissioner and ask him to investigate whether the GLA has complied with the provision of the Environmental Information Regulations. You can write to the Information Commissioner at the following address:

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Further details can be found at http://www.ico.org.uk/complaints.

Yours sincerely

Ian Lister Information Governance Manager

1 https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisations/documents/1198/dealing-with-vexatious-requests.pdf

From: mayor@london.gov.uk

To: derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk

Subject: RE: MGLA090615-7399 RE: MGLA140515-5644 The Greater London Authority Race Relations Internal Review Request

Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 17:31:36 +0100

Dear Mr Lynch

Please find attached our response to your Internal Review request.

Yours sincerely

Ian Lister

Information Governance Manager

======================================================================================

Dear

Meena Shah,

Information Governance Officer and

Corporate Management,

Thank you for your reply.

You wrote:

“The GLA does not have a Race Relations Policy.”

I fail to see how

the

Greater London Authority

can have

“due regard”

for Race Relations without having any Racial monitoring data and a Race Relations

policy.

Your reply has disappointingly

revealed

much about the values, ethos and culture in

Greater London Authority

with

regard to

Race Relations.

No effort has been made to record, monitor and report on the difference between the IC1 White North European Race (Caucasoid) and the IC2 Dark South European Race (Melanochroid). It

is possible that there could be horrific inequalities between the

IC1 White North European Race

(Caucasoid)

and the IC2 Dark South European Race

(Melanochroid)

that

have not been reported due to this Racially Aggravated Negligence.

May I remind you of the need to

take

your obligations under the Equality Act very seriously. This is evidence of Racially Aggravated Gross Misconduct that is resulting in Racially Aggravated Disorderly

Behavior.

A survey should be done immediately to find out what is going on between the European Races and how this

Racially

Aggravated Negligence is impacting community cohesion.

________________________________________________________________

The Public Sector Equality Duty (Equality Act 2010) requires public authorities to have ‘due regard’ to the need to:

1. Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Act.

2. Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

3. Foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not share it.

I am concerned about the management of European Race Relations and not about Ethnicity Relations or Diversity Relations.

Race a Protected Characteristic

As you probably know Race is one of the “Protected Characteristics” in the

Equality

Act 2010.

Refers to the protected characteristic of Race. It refers to a group of people defined by their race, colour, and nationality (including citizenship)

ethnic or national origins.

Note 1:

http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/private-and-public-sector-guidance/guidance-all/protected-characteristics

Race as defined by the British Police

Code

Ethnicity

IC1

White – North European / White European

IC2

White – South European / Dark European

IC3

Black

IC4

Asian (in the UK Asian refers to people from the Indian subcontinent like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal)

IC5

Chinese, Japanese, or other South East Asian

IC6

Arabic or North African / Middle Eastern / Mixed Race

IC9

Unknown

Note 2:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IC_codes#cite_note-mpabriefing-2

Please follow these links to understand the Official British Government codification of the differences between Race and Ethnicity.

Source:http://policeauthority.org/metropolitan/publications/briefings/2007/0703/index.html

Source:

http://century.guardian.co.uk/1970-1979/Story/0,6051,106880,00.html

Race not to be confused with Ethnicity

I have given the link to the Ethnicity Data Standard as specified by the Information Standards Board to make it clear that I am not asking for Ethnicity

information.

Source:

http://www.education.gov.uk/escs-isb/standardslibrary/a0077051/ethnicity-data-standard

Failure to manage Race Relations effectively results in the failure to address the problem of Racism.

________________________________________________________________

Race Relations Internal Review Requested – Danger of Racism

Please would you send me the contact details of all

persons responsible for this

Racially

Aggravated Negligence of

Race Relations in the

Greater London Authority

who

have not made sure

that

“due regard”

has

been

exercised in recording and monitoring Race Relations between the IC1

White Northern European Race

(Caucasoid)

and the IC2 Dark Southern European Race

(Melanochroid)

as

required by the Public Sector Equality Duty (Equality Act 2010).

You,

Meena Shah,

could be a victim of White Supremacists. There is no way for me to know whether you,

Meena Shah,

are

a

victim of White

Supremacists unless I ask you and observe your response. I cannot afford to take the risk of

assuming that you,

Meena Shah,

are

not

a victim of Racism.

That is why I must ask and observe your

response. It is

very

relevant

to know if you,

Meena

Shah,

are a victim of Racism when making an inquiry about Race

Relations in

the

Greater London Authority

and

the way Race

Relations impacts the management of the people in

the

Greater London Authority. Can

you understand that?

1. Are you,

Meena Shah,

an Asian person? Yes or No?

2. Are you,

Meena Shah, an Indian person? Yes or No?

3. Are you,

Meena Shah,

a victim of Racism? Yes or No?

It is very clear that the Police recognise the Racial difference between

the IC1 White North European

(Caucasoid)

and

the IC2 Dark South European Races

(Melanochroid)

and record and use this

data for Race Relations purposes.

I am horrified that no effort is being made to achieve European Race Equality.

It is possible that the poor management of Race and Ethnicity

in the

Greater London Authority

is impacting

policy

in

the

Greater

London Authority

and impacting the

decisions

being

made in

the

Greater London Authority.

It is possible that there are poor Race Relations between the

IC1

White North European Race

(Caucasoid)

and

the IC2 Dark South European Race

(Melanochroid)

in

the

Greater

London Authority

and that this dreadful inequality is impacting relations between other Races and

causing

Greater London Authority

unknown

problems.

I am concerned that poor management of Race Relations in

the

Greater

London Authority

is resulting in Racially Aggravated Gross Misconduct which is making

Greater London Authority

not

fit for purpose.

Please process this request for information as an Internal Review.

I look forward to a reply on this very serious issue.

King regards

Derrick Lynch, Black, IC3, B9, BEUR

_________________________________________________________________

Corporate Management Our ref: MGLA140515-5644

Date: 9 June 2015

Dear Mr Lynch

Freedom of Information request

Thank you for your email of 14 May 2015.

Our response to your request is as follows:

Please could you send me:

? The Greater London Authority Race Relations Policy

The GLA does not have a Race Relations Policy.

The GLA has a equality framework for London called, ‘Equal Life Chances for All’, which outlines how the GLA mainstreams equality and lists our equality objectives. A copy can be found here

http://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/ELCFA%20FINAL%20.pdf

? A Greater London Authority report on how the Race Relations Policy has been performing to date.

The Mayor’s Annual Equality Report 2013/14 highlights the progress made during the financial year towards achieving the GLA’s equality objectives. It also gives the latest figures and trends for the indicators

of progress. A copy can be found here

http://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Mayor%27s%20Annual%20Equali ty%20Report%202013-14%20Final_3.pdf

? Details of how the Greater London Authority manages and monitors Race Relations.

Derrick Lynch derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk

Corporate Management Our ref: MGLA140515-5644

Date: 9 June 2015

City Hall, London, SE1 2AA – london.gov.uk – mayor@london.gov.uk – 020 7983 4000

From: mayor@london.gov.uk

To: derrick_lynch@hotmail.co.uk

Subject: RE: MGLA140515-5644 The Greater London Authority Race Relations

Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2015 11:41:39 +0100

Dear Mr Lynch

Thank you for your email.

Please find attached our response to your FOI request.

Yours sincerely

Meena Shah

Information Governance Officer

======================================================================================

To whom it may concern at the

Greater

London Authority,

I am Derrick Lynch and I have heard some disturbing news about

the Greater London Authority. I prefer not to go by rumours so I have decided

to make some inquiries for myself and my community.

I live at 5 Hedge Hill, Enfield, EN2 8RU.

I am classified, by the British Government, as an IC3, Black, Male.

I have attached illustrated versions of the Race and Ethnicity Codes as used by the British Police and Civil Services.

I am a victim of Racism which I understand as being the same as White Supremacy.

I have been reading the

Greater London Authority

website.

Please could you send me:

1. The

Greater London Authority

Race Relations Policy.

2. A

Greater London Authority report on how the Race Relations Policy has been performing to date.

3. Details of how

the Greater London Authority manages and monitors Race Relations.

4. Details of how many Black people are in and have been in Senior Management positions in

the Greater London Authority.

Kind regards

Derrick Lynch, IC3, B9, BEUR

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