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Date Responded 03 March 2020

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

The total number of Disclosure Requests relating to Clare's Law by Calendar Year for both 2019 and 2020 (up to and including 31st January 2020) respectively by Gender only.

In Response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police however cannot be disclosed for the reasons outlined in our response to your previous submission, 232/20 refers. To avoid doubt I have reiterated our rationale for the refusal below.

Last year alone there were 1500 Clares Law applications. Each application would require a manual review to establish a response to each part of this request. Even at a conservative estimate of 5 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to extract this information for that time period alone would take over 125 hours, therefore Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act would apply. This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00.  Whilst we are aware that you have dropped the age and ethnic origin from your resubmitted request, it does still means that in excess of 1500 records need to be located, reviewed and the information compiled in order that we can offer a response to your query.  This cannot be achieved in 18 hours and has been assessed as in excess of 100 hours work

You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for your request.

When applying Section 12 exemption our duty to assist under Section 16 of the Act would normally entail that we contact you to determine whether it is possible to refine the scope of your request to bring it within the cost limits. However, from the information we have outlined above I see no reasonable way in which we can do so.

In order to assist I can advise that the Adult at Risk is almost always female.

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