Dear Aberdeen City 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

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Mr Lewis,

 

Information enquiry reference FOI-16-0911.

 

Thank you for your recent request for information, which we received on 13
July 2016.   

 

The scheduled date for our response to your request for information is on
or before 11 August 2016.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries in the
meantime.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Grant Webster

Information Compliance Officer

 

 

Information Compliance Team
Communications and Promotion
Office of Chief Executive
Aberdeen City Council
Room 1-24
Town House
Broad Street
ABERDEEN AB10 1AQ

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Dear Mr Lewis,

 

Please accept our sincere apologies for the delay in responding to your
information request of 13 July 2016.  Aberdeen City Council (ACC) has
completed the necessary search for the information requested.

 

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:

 

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

Please see table below.

 

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

Please see table below.

 

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

Please see table below.

 

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

Please see table below.

 

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

None.

 

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

None.

 

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?

ACC is unable to provide you with information on how many of those
allegations did the complainant of bullying claim that the bullies were
telling lies as the cost of providing it has been calculated as being in
excess of the statutory maximum (£600).  To explain this, it would involve
an ACC Officer examining each of the 78 files and extracting the relevant
information (where recorded). This has been calculated at 45 minutes per
file, which equates to 58.5 hours, at the cost of £636.48 in total.

 

In order to comply with its obligations under the terms of Section 16 of
the FOISA, ACC hereby give notice that we are refusing your request under
the terms of Section 12 - Excessive Cost of Compliance - of the FOISA.

 

ACC would be happy to discuss ways in which you may refine your request,
so we can provide some information of interest to you within the maximum
cost limits. Please do contact the Information Compliance team, who will
be happy to advise you, if this is something you would like to pursue.

 

8) How many staff does your authority have

Please see table below.

 

and what is the current population within your authority's area?

[1]http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/tourism_v...

 

 

Request 1^st Aug 2011 to 31^st Dec 2015 1^st Apr 2009 to 31^st July 2011
How many
official
complaints
of
harassment 10
and bullying
at work did 74  
you receive
between the *please see note below
1st April
2009 and the
31st
December
2015?
How many of
these
complaints
were upheld Upheld Partially Upheld Upheld Partially Upheld
in favour of
the
complainant?
11 1 0 1
*please see note below
How many of
those which
were not
upheld in 1
favour of 5
the *please see note below
complainant
went on to
Appeal?
How many of
those that
went to 0
Appeal were 0
found to *please see note below
favour the
complainant?
How many Please see
staff does [2]http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Br...
your specifically Table 9.
authority
have  

 

*Prior to the creation of a database in late 2011 to record cases and
outcomes, full records were not stored in a central location.  Of the 10
cases in the period 1^st April 2009 to 31^st July 2011, outcomes are known
for 4 cases.  These outcomes are shown on the table above.

 

We hope this helps with your request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Grant Webster

Information Compliance Officer

 

INFORMATION ABOUT THE HANDLING OF YOUR REQUEST

 

ACC handled your request for information in accordance with the provisions
of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Please refer to the
attached PDF for more information about your rights under FOISA.

 

 

Information Compliance Team
Communications and Promotion
Office of Chief Executive
Aberdeen City Council
Room 1-24
Town House
Broad Street
ABERDEEN AB10 1AQ

[3][Aberdeen City Council request email]
01224 523827/523602

Tel 03000 200 292

 

*03000 numbers are free to call if you have ‘free minutes’ included in
your mobile call plan.

Calls from BT landlines will be charged at the local call rate of 10.24p
per minute (the same as 01224s).

[4]www.aberdeencity.gov.uk

 

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Dear Foi Enquiries,

I cannot read the information - it is all skewed. Please put the appropriate number against each question number in email form.

Yours sincerely,

Yabootoyou

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Mr Lewis,

 

My sincere apologies that our response appears to have been skewed during
sending. As requested, I have revised our response as below. We hope this
helps.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Grant Webster

Information Compliance Officer

 

 

Dear Mr Lewis,

 

Please accept our sincere apologies for the delay in responding to your
information request of 13 July 2016.  Aberdeen City Council (ACC) has
completed the necessary search for the information requested.

 

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:

 

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

1 August 2011 to 31 December 2015 – 74

1 April 2009 to 31 July 2011 – 10

 

Prior to the creation of a database in late 2011 to record cases and
outcomes, full records were not stored in a central location.  Of the 10
cases in the period 1st April 2009 to 31st July 2011, outcomes are known
for 4 cases. 

 

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

Upheld/Partially Upheld – 13

 

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

6.

 

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

None.

 

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

None.

 

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

None.

 

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?

ACC is unable to provide you with information on how many of those
allegations did the complainant of bullying claim that the bullies were
telling lies as the cost of providing it has been calculated as being in
excess of the statutory maximum (£600).  To explain this, it would involve
an ACC Officer examining each of the 78 files and extracting the relevant
information (where recorded). This has been calculated at 45 minutes per
file, which equates to 58.5 hours, at the cost of £636.48 in total.

 

In order to comply with its obligations under the terms of Section 16 of
the FOISA, ACC hereby give notice that we are refusing your request under
the terms of Section 12 - Excessive Cost of Compliance - of the FOISA.

 

ACC would be happy to discuss ways in which you may refine your request,
so we can provide some information of interest to you within the maximum
cost limits. Please do contact the Information Compliance team, who will
be happy to advise you, if this is something you would like to pursue.

 

8) How many staff does your authority have

Please see
[1]http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Br...
specifically Table 9.

 

and what is the current population within your authority's area?

[2]http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/tourism_v...

 

We hope this helps with your request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Grant Webster

Information Compliance Officer

 

INFORMATION ABOUT THE HANDLING OF YOUR REQUEST

 

ACC handled your request for information in accordance with the provisions
of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Please refer to the
attached PDF for more information about your rights under FOISA.

 

 

Information Compliance Team
Communications and Promotion
Office of Chief Executive
Aberdeen City Council
Room 1-24
Town House
Broad Street
ABERDEEN AB10 1AQ

[3][Aberdeen City Council request email]
01224 523827/523602

Tel 03000 200 292

 

*03000 numbers are free to call if you have ‘free minutes’ included in
your mobile call plan.

Calls from BT landlines will be charged at the local call rate of 10.24p
per minute (the same as 01224s).

[4]www.aberdeencity.gov.uk

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This e-mail (including any attachment to it) is
confidential, protected by copyright and may be privileged. The
information contained in it should be used for its intended purposes only.
If you receive this email in error, notify the sender by reply email,
delete the received email and do not make use of, disclose or copy it.
Whilst we take reasonable precautions to ensure that our emails are free
from viruses, we cannot be responsible for any viruses transmitted with
this email and recommend that you subject any incoming email to your own
virus checking procedures. Unless related to Council business, the
opinions expressed in this email are those of the sender and they do not
necessarily constitute those of Aberdeen City Council. Unless we expressly
say otherwise in this email or its attachments, neither this email nor its
attachments create, form part of or vary any contractual or unilateral
obligation. Aberdeen City Council's incoming and outgoing email is subject
to regular monitoring.

References

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2. http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/tourism_v...
3. mailto:[Aberdeen City Council request email]
4. http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/

Dear Foi Enquiries,

Please provide the information to question 8 here as I cannot open the document as I don't have office, therefore it is not available to me.

Yours sincerely,

Yabootoyou

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

Dear Mr Lewis,

Thank you for your email.

Under S25 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, if information is already in the public domain and can reasonably be obtained, then we are not obligated to provide you with this information.

Furthermore, the information is contained on a third party site and you may wish to contact them if you are having difficulty retrieving the information.

Please let me know if you have any further queries.

Regards,

Information Compliance Team
Communications and Promotion
Office of Chief Executive
Aberdeen City Council
Room 1-24
Town House
Broad Street
ABERDEEN AB10 1AQ

[Aberdeen City Council request email]
01224 523827/523602

Tel 03000 200 292

*03000 numbers are free to call if you have ‘free minutes’ included in your mobile call plan.
Calls from BT landlines will be charged at the local call rate of 10.24p per minute (the same as 01224s).

www.aberdeencity.gov.uk

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Dear Foi Enquiries,

That's not very helpful - I don't even know what third party website.

I should point out that you have one of the higher levels of bullying in terms of complaints with a correspondingly low success rate for the complainant. culture of bullying - my statistics seem to be showing so and your unhelpful response to me confirms your council's attitude and only encourages me to contact your local newspaper in the end...

Yours sincerely,

Yabootoyou

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