Funding to Stonewall

Date published: 16/12/2021

FOI reference: 21/22 111

Date received: 22/11/2021

Date responded: 16/12/2021

Information requested

In respect of each of the years 2015-2021, please confirm what funding has been provided to Stonewall by:

Scottish Qualifications Authority

2. Please specify whether the funding in 1 above has been in the form of:

(a) direct grants for unlimited purposes;

(b) direct grants for limited purposes (in that event, stating the purpose);

(c) payment for goods or services (specifying the relevant goods and services).

3. Where the funding in 1 above has been by way of payment for goods or services, please specify:

(a) what analysis has been conducted to ascertain whether these goods or services meet contractual and/or legal requirements;

(b) what contractual or other recourse exists to reclaim in respect of goods or services that are defective, substandard or delivered in contravention of the law;

(c) what steps are being taken to seek recourse for any such contractual or legal shortfalls.

4. In respect of the payments referred to in 1 above, please state:

(a) What criteria were applied in deciding to make payments by way of direct grants;

(b) What tendering process was conducted with regard to provision of goods or services;

(c) What alternative suppliers of goods or services were considered.

Response

In respect of each of the years 2015-2021, please confirm what funding has been provided to Stonewall by:

Scottish Qualifications Authority

 

2. Please specify whether the funding in 1 above has been in the form of:

(a) direct grants for unlimited purposes;

(b) direct grants for limited purposes (in that event, stating the purpose);

(c) payment for goods or services (specifying the relevant goods and services).

 

All the payments made to Stonewall were for goods or services, as listed below:

 

2017/2018    Stonewall Membership                                   £3000             

                     Stonewall Scotland Workplace Conference      £240

                     Total                                                                 £3240

 

2018/2019       Stonewall Membership                                  £3000

                        Stonewall Scotland Allies Programme             £720

                        Stonewall Scotland Workplace Conference     £720

                        Total                                                                £5160

 

2019/2020       Stonewall Membership                                                           £3000

                        Stonewall Scotland LGBT Role Models Programme                £390

                        Stonewall Scotland Workplace Conference                              £756 

                        Total                                                                                        £4146

 

2020/2021       Stonewall Membership                                                           £3000

                        Total                                                                                        £3000

 

                       Overall Total                                                                           £15546

 

3. Where the funding in 1 above has been by way of payment for goods or services, please specify:

(a) what analysis has been conducted to ascertain whether these goods or services meet contractual and/or legal requirements;

There is a mechanism in place for feedback by participants attending events and conferences via the Rainbow network and the equality and diversity teams. There is no record of any instances where goods or services did not meet the proposed objectives.

 

(b) what contractual or other recourse exists to reclaim in respect of goods or services that are defective, substandard or delivered in contravention of the law;

Stonewall has a dedicated account manager for SQA and they meet with the named SQA contact frequently to discuss support required and received.

 

(c) what steps are being taken to seek recourse for any such contractual or legal shortfalls.

When a public authority does not hold information requested, section 17 of the Act states that it must inform a requester. There is no information available for this request as there has been no shortfall recorded.

 

4. In respect of the payments referred to in 1 above, please state:

(a) What criteria were applied in deciding to make payments by way of direct grants;

When a public authority does not hold information requested, section 17 of the Act states that it must inform a requester. No direct grants were paid to Stonewall.

 

(b) What tendering process was conducted with regard to provision of goods or services;

No tendering process was undertaken. All the services procured were under £10,000 so there was no tender required.

 

(c) What alternative suppliers of goods or services were considered.

No alternatives were considered as these goods or services are unique/specific to this supplier.