FOI20062 – ICT strategy

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Ref: FOI/20062

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested further to your freedom of information request.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

ICT/IM&T/IS Strategy- The IT department strategy or plans, highlights their current and future objectives.

Reply

Please see attached

FOI20062 - 1
WMFS Digital & Innovation Strategy 1.0 Download

Request

ICT Org Chart- A visual document that presents the structure of the IT department, please include name and job titles. If this cannot be sent, please work towards a structure with job titles.

Reply

Please see attached.

Digital and data organisational chart 1.0 Download

With regards for the name of those within West Midlands Fire Service ICT, this is classed as personal data and therefore attracts a Section 40(2) exemption under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Furthermore guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office is as follows:

The presumption is in favour of protecting privacy, so the release of personal information will only be fair if there is a genuine reason to disclose. This involves a three-stage test. A public authority will generally have to satisfy itself that:

  • there is a legitimate interest in disclosure;
  • the legitimate interest can only be met, or fully met, by the disclosure of information which identifies individuals (i.e. the disclosure is necessary to that purpose); and,
  • the disclosure would not involve unwarranted detriment to the individual’s privacy or other rights and legitimate interests.

Request

ICT Annual or Business Plan- Like the ICT strategy but is more annually focused.

Reply

This information is exempt under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as this information is reasonably accessible to the requestor. Information concerning our business plan can be found in the plan on page 11, this is published on West Midlands Fire Service website at the following link: https://www.wmfs.net/our-plan/

Request

ICT Capital Programme/budget- A document that shows financials budget on current and future projects.

Reply

This information is exempt under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as this information is reasonably accessible to the requestor. Information concerning budgets can be found under Authority Budget & Precept 2020-2021 (Appendix J) on West Midlands Fire Service Committee Management Information Service web at the following link:

https://wmfs.cmis.uk.com/cmis5/Meetings/tabid/73/ctl/ViewMeetingPublic/mid/410/Meeting/2977/Committee/580/Default.aspx

If you have any queries about this Freedom of Information request, please contact us. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

For service complaints, issues or comments regarding this request please contact The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

Further information concerning Freedom of Information requests can be found on the Information Commissioner website at either the following link: https://ico.org.uk/ or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.

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