I made a FOI request to the DfE for the Funding Agreement for Toby Young's West London Free School only to be told that:
"The Department holds the information you have requested, but it is being withheld because an exemption under Section 22 of the Act applies.Section 22 provides for information to be exempt from disclosure where the information is held by the Department with a view to its publication by the Department or any other person at some future date...."
I was also told that the department would publish the Funding Agreement on their website at an undisclosed point in the future.
A further point concerns me greatly:
" It is not reasonable for the Government to be expected to release piecemeal information in advance of its planned timetable and planned publication of Funding Agreements, and there is a strong argument in favour of allowing everyone to view this information at the same time. If it were to release this information as requested on varying occasions this would result in partial information being released over a protracted period leading to confusion and inaccuracy."
The Funding Agreement has been approved - does this imply that they plan to make changes?
A lot of smoke and mirrors to hide how £12 million of public funds may be spent.