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Suicide Act Spending - 687/20

Date Responded 07 May 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:

  1. Between 1 January 2010 and 31 December 2019 how much has your authority spent on activity related to assisted dying or the Suicide Act 1961.
  2. Between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2015 (for the whole of 2015) how much has your authority spent on activity related to assisted dying or the Suicide Act 1961.
  3. Between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2016 (for the whole of 2016) how much has your authority spent on activity related to assisted dying or the Suicide Act 1961.
  4. Between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017 (for the whole of 2017) how much has your authority spent on activity related to assisted dying or the Suicide Act 1961.
  5. Between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018 (for the whole of 2018) how much has your authority spent on activity related to assisted dying or the Suicide Act 1961.
  6. Between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2019 (for the whole of 2019) how much has your authority spent on activity related to assisted dying or the Suicide Act 1961.

I understand relevant Home Office codes may be: 76/0 Aid/ Abet the Suicide of Another, 76/01 Intentionally Do An Act Capable of Encouraging/ Assisting the Suicide of Another.

In Response:

As advised in your acknowledgement email this request has been aggregated with your previous request (FOI 668/20) with regards to time constraints under the Act, as they refer to the same subject area – Suicide Act.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Finance Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is not held by Northumbria Police.  Such information is not costed/calculated by our Finance Department.  To establish if such information is held anywhere else in Northumbria Police would far exceed the permitted 18 hours.  Rather than refuse your request from the outset under Section 12 we have attempted to focus on the most relevant place – our Finance Department – where such information is most likely to be held.

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