Fraud within Schools (10036/19)
Please send all details you can including notes, statements and findings from the fraud enquiry into Baverstock Academy in 2017. Please make necessary redactions rather than refuse the request.
Can you also tell me how many fraud enquiries into schools/ trusts has West Midlands Police launched in the last five years, which schools or trusts were they, how many arrests were made and what was the final outcome of each investigation? Please separate the data by year (either calendar or financial year – whichever is easiest)
Please be advised that the information that you have requested is not available in a readily retrievable format information in relation to provide how many arrests were made and what was the final outcome of each investigation.
The cost of compliance with the whole of 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(1) of the FOI 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, S.I. 3244.
Therefore the cost of providing you with the information is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information exceeds the ‘appropriate level’ as stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004.
In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a Refusal Notice for this part of the request and if one part of a request exceeds the fees limit then S12 of the Act applies to the whole request
However, In accordance with Section 16 of the Act I have a duty to provide advice and assistance in relation to your request and can provide part the information requested for questions 2 as this was retrieved during our initial research, however even if we were able to locate and retrieve the information in relation to other parts of your request, this information would attract exemptions.
This should not be taken as a precedent that additional information would be supplied outside of the time/fees legislation for any subsequent requests
Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here: