Bullying in Newport City Council

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Dear Newport 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

City Contact Centre, Newport City Council

Good Afternoon

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Kind Regards,

Andrew
Cyngor Dinas Casnewydd / Newport City CouncilTel: 01633 656 656
Minicom: 01633 656 657

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Newport City Council

Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for your request for information about :

Complaints of harassment and Bullying at work.

Received on 12/07/2016

This request has been formally logged in our FOI management system and has been assigned the reference REQ03623.
You should receive a reply to your request within the statutory time limit of 20 working days.

Please remember to quote the reference number REQ03623 in any future communications.

Yours sincerely,
Information Management

Mae’r Cyngor yn croesawu gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg, Saesneg neu yn y ddwy iaith. Byddwn yn cyfathrebu â chi yn ôl eich dewis. Ni fydd gohebu yn Gymraeg yn arwain at oedi.

The Council welcomes correspondence in English or Welsh or both, and will respond to you according to your preference. Corresponding in Welsh will not lead to delay.

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Mae'r e-bost hwn yn cynnwys gwybodaeth y bwriedir ar gyfer y derbynnydd yn unig a gall fod yn gyfrinachol, yn destun ragorfraint gyfreithiol neu broffesiynol, neu fel arall wedi’i diogelu rhag cael ei rhyddhau. Os nad chi yw derbynnydd bwriadedig y neges hon, a fyddech cystal â rhoi gwybod i'r anfonwr ar unwaith a pheidio â datgelu, dosbarthu neu gopïo’r e-bost i unrhyw barti arall. Mae’r e-bost hon ac unrhyw ffeiliau atodedig yn eiddo i Gyngor Dinas Casnewydd.

Pan fyddwch yn anfon e-bost at Gyngor Dinas Casnewydd, rydych yn cydsynio i’r Cyngor fonitro a darllen unrhyw e-byst o’r fath at ddibenion cydymffurfio â diogelwch ac â deddfwriaeth. I weld yr ymwadiad llawn ewch i http://www.newport.gov.uk/ymwadiad

Erica Gibson (Team Leader - Business Development), Newport City Council

1 Attachment

Dear Mr Lewis

 

Please find attached a response to your recent request, under the Freedom
of Information Act, for information concerning bullying in the workplace
of Newport City Council.

 

I trust this information answers your request. However, if you have any
queries about this information or you are unhappy with the service you
have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or
request a review of our decision, please contact me.

 

In the event you are not content with the outcome of any complaint, you
may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. 
Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the
Council’s complaint procedure.  The Information Commissioner can be
contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water
Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Erica Gibson

 

Erica Gibson

Arweinydd Tîm - Datblygu Busnes / Team Leader - Business Development  

Pobl a Newid Busnes / People & Business Change

Cyngor Dinas Casnewydd / Newport City Council

01633 210470

[1][email address]

 

 

Dear Newport 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

 

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Dear Erica Gibson (Team Leader - Business Development),

...and question 8...

Yours sincerely,

Yabootoyou

Erica Gibson (Team Leader - Business Development), Newport City Council

Good Afternoon

Population - 147K
NCC headcount - circa 6,500.

Regards, Erica

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Dear Erica Gibson (Team Leader - Business Development),

Thank you for the information...but not for the lack of apology or even recognition in having missed it out in the first place. You have one of the higher levels of bullying of councils, probably in the medium to high league - I have written to all councils and have had most replies back.

Yours sincerely,

Yabootoyou

Erica Gibson (Team Leader - Business Development), Newport City Council

 

Thank you for your message. I am out of the office until 30/08/2016. If it
is urgent, please contact Trent Helpdesk at [email address],
otherwise I will deal with your enquiry when I return.

 

Diolch am eich neges. Byddaf allan o’r swyddfa tan 30/08/2016. Os yw’r
mater yn un brys cysylltwch â [email address] Fel arall
byddaf yn delio â’ch ymholiad pan fyddaf yn ôl.

Mae’r Cyngor yn croesawu gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg, Saesneg neu yn y ddwy
iaith. Byddwn yn cyfathrebu â chi yn ôl eich dewis. Ni fydd gohebu yn
Gymraeg yn arwain at oedi.

The Council welcomes correspondence in English or Welsh or both, and will
respond to you according to your preference. Corresponding in Welsh will
not lead to delay.

Disclaimer/Ymwadiad

This email contains information intended for the addressee only and may be
confidential, the subject of legal or professional privilege, or be
otherwise protected from disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient
of this message, please notify the sender immediately and do not disclose,
distribute or copy the email to any other party. This email and any
attached file are the property of Newport City Council.

When you email Newport City Council, you consent to the Council monitoring
and reading any such emails for the purposes of security and legislative
compliance. For the full disclaimer please access
http://www.newport.gov.uk/disclaimer.

Mae'r e-bost hwn yn cynnwys gwybodaeth y bwriedir ar gyfer y derbynnydd yn
unig a gall fod yn gyfrinachol, yn destun ragorfraint gyfreithiol neu
broffesiynol, neu fel arall wedi’i diogelu rhag cael ei rhyddhau. Os nad
chi yw derbynnydd bwriadedig y neges hon, a fyddech cystal â rhoi gwybod
i'r anfonwr ar unwaith a pheidio â datgelu, dosbarthu neu gopïo’r e-bost i
unrhyw barti arall. Mae’r e-bost hon ac unrhyw ffeiliau atodedig yn eiddo
i Gyngor Dinas Casnewydd.

Pan fyddwch yn anfon e-bost at Gyngor Dinas Casnewydd, rydych yn cydsynio
i’r Cyngor fonitro a darllen unrhyw e-byst o’r fath at ddibenion
cydymffurfio â diogelwch ac â deddfwriaeth. I weld yr ymwadiad llawn ewch
i http://www.newport.gov.uk/ymwadiad