Bullying in Hambleton District Council

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Dear Hambleton District Council,

This request is being made to make the public at large and people in each authority aware of which councils are the worst offenders or the better examples when it comes to bullying in the workplace. All councils have very similar anti-bullying / dignity at work policies, but there seems to be a difference in the level of bullying. This is intended to statistically show those differences.

Please reply to the first two questions first as they are the most important:

a) Please inform me of the cost of dealing with this request.

1) How many official complaints of harassment and bullying at work did you receive between the 1st April 2009 and the 31st December 2015?

2) How many of these complaints were upheld in favour of the
complainant?

Please reply to these questions if the £450 limit is not exceeded or in order of the questions up to the limit should the limit be surpassed somewhere within these questions:

3) How many of those which were not upheld in favour of the
complainant went on to Appeal?

4) How many of those that went to Appeal were found to favour the
complainant?

5) How many complaints went on to an Employment Tribunal?

6) How many of these were found to uphold the complaint?

7) Out of how many of those allegations (the number given to question 1) did the complainant of
bullying claim that the bullies were telling lies?

8) How many staff does your authority have and what is the current population within your authority's area?

Yours faithfully

Mr Lewis

yabootoyou

Customer Services Emails, Hambleton District Council

Thank you for your contact. Should a response be required, this will be sent to you within the next 10 working days. Responses to Freedom of Information Requests will be sent within the 20 day statutory period. If you wish to contact Hambleton District Council, our contact details are given below. Please visit our website at www.hambleton.gov.uk<http://www.hambleton.gov.uk>.

Customer Services, Hambleton District Council, Civic Centre, Stone Cross, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL6 2UU
Tel: 01609 779977
Fax: 01609 767228
Email: [email address]
Web: www.hambleton.gov.uk

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Lynne Halls, Hambleton District Council

1 Atodiad

 

I am sorry to inform you that we have only recently begun centrally
collating this data, and as such we do not hold complete information for
the time period you request.

 

Also I can confirm that HDC is a small organisation and the answers to
some of your questions correspondingly involve very small numbers of
staff. Information on figures of 5 or less have been withheld. This is
because the numbers are so low that it is possible that those who already
know, or can deduce, the identities of those concerned would learn facts
about them that it would be unfair for the council to disclose. Similarly
the number of days suspended has and pay has been provided as a range of
values so that individuals can not be identified. As such we are
withholding this information under section 40 (2) of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 which exempts personal information from disclosure if
disclosure would breach one or more principles of the Data Protection Act
1998. In this case we consider that disclosure would breach the first
principle, namely that personal information must be fairly and lawfully
processed and must meet one of the conditions for processing as provided
by schedule 2 of the Act. In this case we consider that the disclosure
would be unfair and unlawful and none of the conditions for processing
would be met.

 

Please see my answers next to your questions:

 

If you are unhappy with the way in which we have handled your request, the
fee we have charged, or the reasons we have given for not providing
information, you have the right to appeal. The review of the request and
information provided will be a two-stage process.

 

1) If you are unhappy with the response from the Council, you will be able
to ask for an internal review of that decision by a senior officer by
writing to the Information Governance Manager at
[1][email address] or Information Governance Manager,
Internal Audit Service, County Hall, Northallerton, DL7 8AL.  An officer
who was not involved with the original decision will be appointed to
conduct the internal review.  The officer will evaluate your request, the
information held by the County Council and the initial response which was
sent to your request.  You will then be informed of the outcome of the
review in due course.

 

2) Following the internal review, if you remain dissatisfied, you can seek
an independent review from the Information Commissioner.  Requests for a
review by the Information Commissioner should be made in writing directly
to:

 

The Information Commissioner

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire SK9 5AF

Tel: 01625 545 745

Email: [2][email address]

 

 

Lynne Halls

HR Manager

Legal

Ext. 7184

 

 

 

Lynne Halls

HR Manager

Legal

Tel: 01609 767184

Email: [3][email address]

Website: [4]www.hambleton.gov.uk

 

Your calls may be recorded for training and quality purposes. The call
recording policy is available at [5]www.hambleton.gov.uk

 

 

 

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Dear Hambleton District Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Hambleton District Council's handling of my FOI request 'Bullying in Hambleton District Council'.

I point you to an ICO decision relating to the same questions to another council, Rutland, available on the WDTK website. I have copied the relevant parts of the decision below. If you do not release the information yourselves, I will proceed to the ICO to try to get it.

Decision (including any steps ordered)

"1. The complainant submitted an eight-part request for information about harassment and bullying complaints in the workplace. Rutland County Council (the ‘Council’) provided some information, but refused the remainder citing sections 40(2) of FOIA, personal information, and 12, the cost exclusion. The complainant was concerned only with the Council’s reliance on section 40(2) which was applied to parts 2 to 6 of his request.

2. The Commissioner’s decision is that the Council has incorrectly applied the exemption for personal data at section 40(2) of FOIA to parts 2 to 6 of the request, as the withheld information is sufficiently anonymised to take it out of the definition of personal data.

3. He therefore requires the Council to take the following steps to ensure compliance with the legislation.

 Disclose the withheld information as provided to the Commissioner for parts 2 to 6 of the request as set out in paragraph 5.

4. The Council must take these steps within 35 calendar days of the date of this decision notice. Failure to comply may result in the Commissioner making written certification of this fact to the High Court pursuant to section 54 of the Act and may be dealt with as a contempt of court.

Reference: FS50614409 "

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/b...

Yours faithfully,

Yabootoyou

Customer Services Emails, Hambleton District Council

Thank you for your contact. Should a response be required, this will be sent to you within the next 10 working days. Responses to Freedom of Information Requests will be sent within the 20 day statutory period. If you wish to contact Hambleton District Council, our contact details are given below. Please visit our website at www.hambleton.gov.uk<http://www.hambleton.gov.uk>.

Customer Services, Hambleton District Council, Civic Centre, Stone Cross, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL6 2UU
Tel: 01609 779977
Fax: 01609 767228
Email: [email address]
Web: www.hambleton.gov.uk

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infogov.HambletonDC@veritau.co.uk,

Dear Mr Lewis
 
Thank you for your request for an internal review of the Council’s reply
to your enquiry HDC0333.
 
You have complained that the Council has refused to disclose low numbers
to you, on the basis that disclosure might identify individuals.
 
Having reviewed the Information Commissioner’s decision notice on this
subject, I have concluded that the Council should disclose the information
relating to low number. Please accept my apologies that this was not
disclosed to you earlier. To facilitate your reply, the Council have
provided me with the information, which I have included below:
 
1) How many official complaints of harassment and bullying at work did you
receive between the 1st April 2009 and the 31st December 2015?  
Reply – 5
 
2) How many of these complaints were upheld in favour of the complainant?
Reply – 0, but one is still ongoing
 
3) How many of those which were not upheld in favour of the complainant
went on to Appeal? 
Reply - 1 
 
4) How many of those that went to Appeal were found to favour
the complainant?
Reply - 0
 
5) How many complaints went on to an Employment Tribunal?
Reply - 1
 
6) How many of these were found to uphold the complaint?
Reply – the case is still ongoing.
 
7) Out of how many of those allegations (the number given to question 1)
did the complainant of  bullying claim that the bullies were telling lies?
Reply - 0
 
I trust that you are now satisfied with the Council’s response, but you
may complain about my decision to the Information Commissioner at
[1][email address] or write to:
 
First Contact Team
Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
 
Yours sincerely
 
Miriam Townsend
 
 
Miriam Townsend
Information Governance Officer
Veritau Limited | Veritau North Yorkshire Limited
Assurance Services for the Public Sector
Telephone: 01609 536985
E-mail: [2][email address]
 
For further information about the company please visit our website:
[3]www.veritau.co.uk
 
 
 
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Dear [email address],

Amazing sudden supply of information. However, you have missed out question 8.

Yours sincerely,

Yabootoyou

infogov.HambletonDC@veritau.co.uk,

1 Atodiad

Dear Mr Lewis,

Thank you for your email regarding your FOI HDC0333 and the review of the response.

Question 8 was answered in the response to the original request - the response was as below (full original response also attached for your information).

8) How many staff does your authority have and what is the current population within your authority's area?

Our headcount is approx. 592 employees, the current population is approx. 89,828

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Information Governance Support Assistant
Veritau Limited | Veritau North Yorkshire Limited
Assurance Services for the Public Sector
Working on behalf of Hambleton District Council, North Yorkshire County Council, Richmondshire District Council and Ryedale District Council
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E-mail: [email address]
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Dear [email address],

My apologies - there were two requests, one with and one without question 8.

Yours sincerely,

Yabootoyou