Bullying in Cumbria County Council

Yabootoyou made this Freedom of Information request to Cumbria County Council

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The request was refused by Cumbria County Council.

Dear Cumbria County Council,

Following a realization that bullying in Cheshire East is about six times higher than in Cheshire West and Chester and having seen accusations of a culture of bullying in the former on the internet, combined with my own experiences of bullying in Cheshire County Council's Public Rights of Way unit and my own efforts to withstand that bullying (display of ID card of ex-employee in manager's office with picture of cow replacing her ID photo ([name removed]) or "anyone thinking of complaining yaboo to you" by [name removed] once complaints of bullying had been made) and the evidence of bullies in Employment Tribunal (which chopped and changed), this FOI request is being made to provide a comparison with Cheshire East to prove statistically in relation with other councils. It is also being made to make the public at large and in each authority aware of which councils are the worst offenders or the better examples. All councils have very similar anti-bullying / dignity at work policies, to which, from the results already in, they seem to stick to varying degrees. For example, the first non-Cheshire authority to reply, Kent County Council, shows 60 complaints against Cheshire East's 62, with both having 18 upheld in favour of the complainant. However, Kent's population is around 5 times greater than Cheshire East's. Also, Cheshire East replied to this FOI Act request 8 days late with no communication between the deadline and the 8 days after, whereas Kent replied 11 days after the request was made.

1) How many employees of your authority have
made an
official complaint of harassment and bullying at work since the 1st April 2009?

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

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

Information Governance, Cumbria County Council

Dear Mr Lewis

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

REFERENCE: FOI 2015-0912

 

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Dear Mr Lewis

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

REFERENCE: FOI 2015-0912

 

Please see attached for a response to your request for information.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Governance Team

Chief Executive’s Directorate

Cumbria County Council

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E Wilson left an annotation ()

No big surprise that CCC will not supply the requested info because they refuse to admit that "bullying" even exists in their council. Having made a complaint right up to high level, the answer to your first question is at the very least "one".