Bullying in Fife Council

Yabootoyou made this Freedom of Information request to Fife Council

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Dear Fife 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

Fife Council

Dear Mr Lewis,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002 – REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

Thank you for your information request received on 15/07/2016, our reference: 14138. This is being dealt with in terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

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Yours sincerely,

K. Henderson

Fife Council

Dear Mr Lewis,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002 – REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

I refer to your email dated and received 15/07/2016, our reference FCIR: 14138.
I am pleased to enclose the information you requested and trust that it meets your requirements.

An exemption applies to question 8 regarding current population: Section 25 – Information Otherwise Accessible. This information is already available in the public domain. Details are as follows:

http://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/files/stati...

Request
(Q) How many official complaints of harassment and bullying at work did you receive between 1st April 2009 and the 31st December 2015?
(A) There have been 7 official complaints of harassment and bullying at work.

(Q) How many of these complaints were upheld in favour of the complainant?
(A) 3 of these complaints were upheld in favour of the complainant.

(Q) How many of those which were not upheld in favour of the complainant went on to Appeal?
(A) 1 complaint which was not upheld in favour of the complainant went on to Appeal.

(Q) How many of those that went to Appeal were found in favour of the complainant?
(A) 1 complaint that went to Appeal was found to favour the complainant.

(Q) How many complaints went on to Employment Tribunal?
(A) Nil

(Q) How many of those were found to uphold the complaint?
(A) Nil

(Q) 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?
(A) Nil

(8) How many staff does your authority have and what is the current population within your authority's area?
(A) Fife Council currently has 17,637 members of staff. The estimated population at 2015 is 368,080. The source of this and other facts relating to Fife is at the National Records of Scotland.
http://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/files/stati...

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If you are not satisfied with the way we have handled your request, you have the right to request a review of the decision. Please write to: Head of Legal Services, Finance & Corporate Services, Fife House, North Street, Glenrothes, KY7 5LT or e-mail to [email address]. The law provides for you to make this request up to 60 working days from when we received your enquiry or 40 working days from when you receive this correspondence whichever is the later date. Where the outcome of the review fails to resolve the matter to your complete satisfaction you have the right to apply to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a decision.

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Yours sincerely

K. Henderson