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Spend over £25,000 in October 2019

Request

I am looking for some assistance with your organisation's Spend/Transparency data, available on the following weblink:

https://www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/en/document-library/corporate-information/spend-over-25000
 
There appears to be no file available for the month of Oct 2019. Could you advise when the file will be made available to view online? Would it be possible for you to email me a copy of the Oct 2019 file?

Response

I can confirm that we hold the information you have requested. However, we are unable to supply the information requested for the reason set out below.

Information we are not able to supply

Section 22 – Information intended for future publication

I can confirm that we hold the information you have requested. However, it is exempt from disclosure under section 22 of the FoIA. This is because the information is intended for publication at a future date.

TPR will be publishing the information you have requested within the next week on our website.

Public interest in disclosure

We recognise the public interest in the promotion of transparency, accountability and the enhancement of understanding of our work.

This is why we already publish certain information which we consider to be in the wider public interest. In light of the number of similar requests for information we've received, using different timescales, terminology and interpretations of the legislation, we consider that it is not in the public interest to disclose this information in a piecemeal fashion as that could lead to inadvertent errors and inconsistencies. We review the information we publish to ensure we provide both clarity and consistency around the data published in this area, and provide a regular published data source for all interested parties.

Public interest in maintaining the exemption

We consider there would be little or no public interest served in publishing information with numerous caveats. Furthermore, publishing piecemeal information which is open to different interpretations could lead to giving inaccurate or misleading information which, again, is not in the public interest to do.

Whilst we recognise the benefit of disclosing this type of information, we are of the view that in order to be beneficial the information we publish must be provided in a consistent manner, on a regular basis and in context. 

In light of this, and having considered the public interest, our decision is to withhold the information.