ACE Delays Again

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Video - Panta Rei Danseteater 'Lullaby'

Norwegian dance company Panta Rei Danseteater, late last year, conducted a little experiment whereby three dance makers created two pieces with the same name based on the same idea, featuring three male dancers and two musicians, to see what the outcome was.

June 2nd, 2016

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Arts Council England (ACE) has once again delayed providing an explanation as to why certain information requested by Article19 under the Freedom of Information Act was not supplied when requested back in January of this year.

The application regarding ACE funding for the Dance4 television programme, was initially rejected on cost terms by the funding organisation. Following a complaint by Article19 this decision was reversed and ACE eventually supplied some information but not detailed budgetary documents after protests by the production company MJW Productions - the company that created the show for Channel4 Television. In addition, some of the paper work we received was so badly duplicated it was unreadable.

Once again, Article19 lodged an official complaint, this time in writing to the Chief Executive - Peter Hewitt, to release the information and explain several other concerns we had about how they were handling Freedom of Information requests.

They promised to respond by June 12th (Article19 did receive some rather pointless photocopied photographs a couple of weeks ago, the reason for which is unclear) but we received a communication from ACE this morning stating the following;

"Further to my letter dated 31 May 2006, I am writing to let you know that we need some more time to conclude our review. I am very sorry to delay our response to you again but I hope to contact you again very soon with a full response."

According to the law a Freedom of Information request should take 20 working days, so far this one has taken almost 6 months to filter through the various stages.

The official complaints procedure from ACE must be completed before Article19 can lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner.

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