Bullying in Angus Council

The request was successful.

Dear Angus 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

FriedrichM,

Dear Mr Lewis

Thank you for your information request dated 12 July 2016 (received by the
Council that same day) which has been passed to the Council’s Human
Resources service for attention.

If we are unable to provide you with a response within 20 working days, we
will advise you of this in writing.

Please refer to the information below which explains your right to
complain if you are unhappy with how the Council is dealing with your
request.

If you have any queries, please ask for me on 01307 476246 or email
[1][email address]

Yours sincerely

Martin Friedrich

 

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Martin Friedrich | Paralegal-FOI | Resources Directorate - Legal &
Democratic Services| Angus Council |Angus House | Orchardbank Business
Park | Forfar | DD8 1AN | LP8 Forfar |Tel: 01307 476246 |Email:
[2][email address]

 

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2004

INSPIRE (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2009

 

Your Right to Complain to the Council

 

If you are dissatisfied with the way in which Angus Council has dealt with
your request for information under any of the above statutory instruments,
you have a right to ask the council to review its actions and/or decisions
regarding your request. If you wish to do this, you should make your
request to the Head of Legal & Democratic Services, Resources Directorate,
Angus Council, Angus House, Orchardbank Business Park, Forfar DD8 1AN or
e-mail [3][email address] within 40 working days.

 

Your request must:

·         be in writing (or recordable format);

·         give your name and address for correspondence;

·         give details of the information which you originally requested
from the council;  and

·         give the reasons why you are dissatisfied with the way in which
your application for information has been dealt with.

 

Your application for review will then be considered by the council’s
review panel.  The review panel will write to you informing you of its
decision not later than 20 working days after receipt of your request for
a review. The review panel will also provide you with a statement of its
reasons for arriving at the decision it has made.

 

Your Right to Complain to the Scottish Information Commissioner:

If you are dissatisfied with a decision of the council's review panel (or
where the review panel has not provided you with a response), you have the
right to apply to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a decision as
to whether your request for information has been dealt with by the council
in accordance with the above statutory instruments.

 

Your application to the Scottish Information Commissioner must:

o be in a recordable format (letter, e-mail, audio tape etc);

o give your name and address for correspondence.
o give details of the request for information which you originally
requested from the council;
o give details of why you were dissatisfied with the council’s response
to your original request;
o give details of why you were dissatisfied with the decision of the
council's review panel.

 

In the case of an EIR or FOI request your application to the Scottish
Information Commissioner must be made within 6 months of receipt of the
decision of the council’s review panel (or within 6 months of the date
that the review panel should have responded).  No such time limit applies
under the 2009 Regulations.

 

The Scottish Information Commissioner can be contacted at:-

 

Scottish Information Commissioner, Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St
Andrews, Fife, KY16 9BS; Telephone - 01334 464610; Fax - 01334 464611;
Email - [4][email address])

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear Mr Lewis

 

Please find appended our response to your FOI Request submitted to Angus
Council on 12 July.

 

Regards Gillian

 

 

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Dear WoodG,

Please provide the letter in another format - it comes up with a security warning when I try to download it.

Yours sincerely,

Yabootoyou

Dear Mr Lewis (FOI request 550/16)

Request for Information

Thank you for your request for information dated 12 July 2016 (received by the Council on that same date) which has been passed to me for attention.

You requested the following information-

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.
In the case of this FOI request, this is not information which we have recorded.

1)How many official complaints of harassment and bullying at work did you receive between the 1st April 2009 and the 31st December 2015?
10
2) How many of these complaints were upheld in favour of the complainant?
2 and also 1 which was partially upheld

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?
Not applicable as policy does not have right of appeal

4) How many of those that went to Appeal were found to favour the complainant?
Not applicable

5) How many complaints went on to an Employment Tribunal?
None

6) How many of these were found to uphold the complaint?
Not applicable

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?
2

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

The council staff as at 31.12.15 =
Full time staff – 2672
Part time staff – 2221
FTE number of staff – 3902.71

As regards the population, the Council does not hold this information in its own right as we do not carry out our own census. Population statistics are published by Records of Scotland and as such this information is technically exempt from release in terms of Section 25 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. In order to be more helpful to you I refer you to the following hyperlink:
http://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/files/stati...

In compiling responses to information requests we invariably use information which is routinely published on the Council’s website or through its Publication Scheme. If you require further information please first check that the information you want is not routinely published as any such information is exempt from release in terms of Section 25 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 or Regulation 6(1)(b) of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

I hope that this information is of some help to you. Please note that the information contained in this reply is believed to be accurate as at todays date (unless otherwise indicated) but no warranty is given. Further, Angus Council does not accept liability for any loss, injury or damage which arises from the use of the information contained in this reply either by you or by any other party. Please refer to the information set out in the Appendix which explains your right to complain if you are unhappy with how the Council has dealt with your request.

If you have any queries, please ask for me on 01307-473771 or e-mail [email address].

Yours sincerely

Gillian Wood
HR Adviser

APPENDIX
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002
ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2004
INSPIRE (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2009

Your Right to Complain to the Council

If you are dissatisfied with the way in which Angus Council has dealt with your request for information under any of the above statutory instruments, you have a right to ask the council to review its actions and/or decisions regarding your request. If you wish to do this, you should make your request to the Head of Legal & Democratic Services, Resources Directorate, Angus Council, Angus House, Orchardbank Business Park, Forfar DD8 1AN or e-mail [email address] within 40 working days.

Your request must:
• be in writing (or recordable format);
• give your name and address for correspondence;
• give details of the information which you originally requested from the council; and
• give the reasons why you are dissatisfied with the way in which your application for information has been dealt with.

Your application for review will then be considered by the council’s review panel. The review panel will write to you informing you of its decision not later than 20 working days after receipt of your request for a review. The review panel will also provide you with a statement of its reasons for arriving at the decision it has made.

Your Right to Complain to the Scottish Information Commissioner:
If you are dissatisfied with a decision of the council's review panel (or where the review panel has not provided you with a response), you have the right to apply to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a decision as to whether your request for information has been dealt with by the council in accordance with the above statutory instruments.

Your application to the Scottish Information Commissioner must:
• be in a recordable format (letter, e-mail, audio tape etc);
• give your name and address for correspondence.
• give details of the request for information which you originally requested from the council;
• give details of why you were dissatisfied with the council’s response to your original request;
• give details of why you were dissatisfied with the decision of the council's review panel.

In the case of an EIR or FOI request your application to the Scottish Information Commissioner must be made within 6 months of receipt of the decision of the council’s review panel (or within 6 months of the date that the review panel should have responded). No such time limit applies under the 2009 Regulations.

The Scottish Information Commissioner can be contacted at:-

Scottish Information Commissioner, Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9BS; Telephone - 01334 464610; Fax - 01334 464611; Email - [email address])

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