IDL 24 Blenheim Building
Hampshire, SP11 8HJ
8 July 2019
Dear Mr Barmby,
Thank you for your email of 17 June, requesting the following information:
"Recently it was brought to my attention that West Lowland cadet force are using a volunteer
This is not the official volunteer agreement, nationally issued by regional command cadet
branch, but has been drafted at a local level , its called "the cadet force adult volunteer
commitment agreement" locally.
In light of that could you provide the following please:-
A copy of the agreement and all associated paperwork
The reason that they deem it necessary to create their own local agreement
Percentage of staff under the new agreement
Who’s authority the new agreement was singed off under for issue to CFAV
Number of staff dismissed under the agreement"
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