Since the inception of Clares Law, please provide the following information:
- The Total number of Disclosure requests received by Calendar Year by Gender, by Age, by Ethnic Origin
- The Total number of Disclosure requests which confirmed a current partner HAD a previous history of violence by Calendar Year by Gender, by Age, by Ethnic Origin
- The Total number of Disclosure requests which confirmed a current partner did NOT have a previous history of violence by Calendar Year by Gender, by Age, by Ethnic Origin
Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to easily provide information for Question 2 and 3 of your request, without undertaking a manual examination of all domestic violence disclosure requests received since the start of the scheme. .
Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)).
Therefore, the cost of compliance with your request is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000. For West Midlands Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004,
A public authority which, in relation to any request for information, is relying on a claim that section 12 or section 14 applies must, within the time for complying with Section 1(1), give the applicant a notice stating that fact. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a refusal notice.
Although excess cost removes the force’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, and due to the already excessive delay in providing this response I have enclosed some of the data relative to your request. I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of the request.