Stonewall UK Diversity Champions Programme

Information Standards Freedom of Information Response

Our Ref: FoI 01-21

20 January 2021

Freedom of Information Act 2000

I can confirm that the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission (Assembly Commission) holds information relevant to your request of 06 January 2021. In your request you asked for the following information:

“1. The first date in which the National Assembly of Northern Ireland became a member of Stonewall UK Diversity Champions Programme and confirm if you are still a member.

The Assembly Commission is a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions Programme, which it joined in January 2019.


2. The amount of membership fees paid to Stonewall UK since joining their Diversity program.

The annual membership fee is £2,500 plus VAT; to date, the Assembly Commission has paid £5,000 plus VAT in membership fees.  


3. Benefits received by the National Assembly of Northern Ireland from this Membership.”

The Diversity Champions Programme provides tailored one-to-one support to organisations to help build LGBT-inclusive workplaces and works closely with businesses to understand their specific needs and objectives, and provide tailored guidance to support them on their path to shaping a workplace that is truly inclusive. View more information on the programme.


If you feel that the information we have provided does not meet your request fully, please contact this office as soon as possible.  You have the right to request a formal review by the Assembly Commission and if you wish to do so, please write to me at the above address.

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, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF who will undertake an independent review.

The Assembly Commission may publish details of your FOI request and our official response within the organisational disclosure log. The request will be completely anonymised and you will not be identified in any way. This is to meet the requirements as laid out by in the agreed publication scheme with the Information Commissioners’ Office

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me.  Please remember to quote the reference number above.

Yours sincerely