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Independent Financial Review Panel (IFRP)

Information Standards Freedom of Information Response

Our Ref: FOI 21-20

18 May 2020

Freedom of Information Act 2000

I can confirm that the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission holds the information which you requested on 23rd March 2020. In your request you asked for the following information:

“Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request copies of papers in relation to proposed reforms to the Independent Financial Review Plan (IFRP).

Please disclose a copy of the following:

    • The document on appointment and legislative reform of the IFRP, which was presented to the Assembly Commission last year.
    • The IFRP Reform Consultation Document issued in November 2019.
    • Each of the responses to the IFRP Reform Consultation Document which were due by January 2020.”


The following information is enclosed

Appendix A

Explanation of Applied FOIA Exemptions (PDF, 2 pages, 340KB)

Appendix B

IFRP Paper AC1707 (PDF, 23 pages, 480KB)

Appendix C (i)

Letter to Members (PDF, 2 pages, 282KB)

Appendix C (ii)

Consultation Paper (PDF, 14 pages, 2.13MB)

Appendix D (i)

Alliance Response (PDF, 17 pages, 560KB)

Appendix D (ii)

Sinn Fein Response (PDF, 14 pages, 459KB)

Some of the information which is relevant to your request has not been provided as it is exempt from disclosure under section 42 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  The reasons for this are set out in the attached Appendix A.


You have the right to request that the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission formally review this decision and if you wish to do so, please write to me at the address above.

If after such an internal review you are still unhappy with the response, you have the right to appeal to the Information Commissioner’s Office at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF, who will undertake an independent review.

If you have any queries do not hesitate to contact me. Please remember to quote our reference number.

Yours sincerely


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