Bullying in Kent County Council

Yabootoyou made this Freedom of Information request to Kent County Council

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The request was refused by Kent County Council.

Dear Kent County Council,

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,

Yabootoyou

Kent County Council

Dear Yabootoyou

 

Thank you for your email below.

 

Kent County Council acknowledges your request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Assuming KCC holds this information, we
will endeavour to supply the data to you as soon as possible but no later
than 12th November 2015 (20 working days from date of receipt).

 

We will advise you as soon as possible if we do not hold this information
or if there are exemptions to be considered and/or any costs for providing
the information. Please quote our reference - FOI/15/1696 - in any
communication regarding this particular request.

 

Best regards

 

Laura Pronger | Information Access Officer | Information Resilience &
Transparency Team | Kent County Council | Room 2.71, Sessions House,
Maidstone, ME14 1XQ | 03000 416590 |
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
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Kent County Council

Dear Sir or Madam

 

Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) 2000, relating to bullying in Kent County Council.
I am pleased to provide the response below:

 

1) How many employees of your authority have made an official complaint of
harassment and bullying at work since the 1st April 2009? 60

 

2) How many of these complaints were upheld in favour of the complainant?
18

 

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? 0

 

5) How many complaints went on to an Employment Tribunal? 3

 

6) How many of these were found to uphold the complaint? 0

 

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?
Kent County Council (KCC) does not hold this information centrally, so to
provide any information for this question would mean records would need to
be checked manually which would exceed the appropriate limit of £450
(equivalent to 18 hours at £25 per hour). Therefore under section 12 of
the Freedom of Information Act 2000 2000, we are not obliged to comply
with this element of your request.

 

8) How many staff does your authority have and what is the current
population within your authority's area? KCC headcount as of August 2015
is 9,111 (please note that this number excludes schools and staff on
casual relief, sessional or supply contracts). The population of people
living in Kent as of 2014 is 1,510,400 which is stated on our website at:
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council....
 

 

If you are unhappy with this response, and believe KCC has not complied
with legislation, please ask for a review by following our complaints
process; details can be found at this link
[2]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
on our website. Please quote reference FOI/15/1696.

 

If you still remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you can
appeal to the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should
you wish to pursue this course of action, are available from the
Information Commissioner’s website [3]http://www.ico.org.uk/concerns.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Jemila Dodge | Information Access Officer | Information Resilience &
Transparency Team | Kent County Council | Room 2.71, Sessions House,
Maidstone, ME14 1XQ | Phone: 03000 416034 |
[4]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
|

 

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Yabootoyou left an annotation ()

Speedy reply, unlike Cheshire East's which was late and excuse-ridden!

Dear Kent County Council,

I would like to add the following question to my request.

Q9) Out of the number in the response to question 1, how many of the complainants said that they had been called "a loner"?

Yours sincerely,

Mr Lewis

Yabootoyou

Yours faithfully,

Yabootoyou

Kent County Council

Dear Yabootoyou

 

Thank you for your email below.

 

Kent County Council acknowledges your request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Assuming KCC holds this information, we
will endeavour to supply the data to you as soon as possible but no later
than 24th February 2016 (20 working days from date of receipt).

 

We will advise you as soon as possible if we do not hold this information
or if there are exemptions to be considered and/or any costs for providing
the information. Please quote our reference - FOI/16/0138 - in any
communication regarding this particular request.

 

Best regards

 

Laura Pronger | Information Access Officer | Information Resilience &
Transparency Team | Kent County Council | Room 2.71, Sessions House,
Maidstone, ME14 1XQ | 03000 416590 |
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
|

 

 

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Kent County Council

Ok by me thanks

Kind regards
Gary Cooke
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Kent County Council

Dear Mr Lewis  

 

Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) 2000.

 

9) Out of the number in the response to question 1, how many of the
complainants said that they had been called "a loner"?

    

Kent County Council (KCC) does not hold this information centrally, so to
provide any information for this question would mean records (60 files)
would need to be checked manually which would exceed the appropriate limit
of £450 (equivalent to 18 hours at £25 per hour). Therefore under section
12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Kent County Council is not
obliged to comply with this element of your request.

    

If you are unhappy with this response, and believe KCC has not complied
with legislation, please ask for a review by following our complaints
process; details can be found at this link
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
on our website. Please quote reference FOI/16/0138.

 

If you still remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you can
appeal to the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should
you wish to pursue this course of action, are available from the
Information Commissioner’s website [2]http://www.ico.org.uk/concerns.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Laura Pronger | Information Access Officer | Information Resilience &
Transparency Team | Kent County Council | Room 2.71, Sessions House,
Maidstone, ME14 1XQ | 03000 416590 |
[3]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
|

 

 

 

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sandy Joyce left an annotation ()

Was there really that many that it'd have to be checked file by file? Awful!

A return of 0 - 1 would have been my expectation