Bullying in South Norfolk District Council

Yabootoyou made this Freedom of Information request to South Norfolk District Council

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was successful.

Dear South Norfolk District 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

Right2Know, South Norfolk District Council

Dear Mr Lewis

Thank you for your request of information that is being considered. You may be aware that we have to respond to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests within 20 working days and as soon as is reasonably practicable, therefore you will receive a response by 18 July 2016 or earlier.

For your information, the Act defines a number of exemptions, which may prevent release of the information you have requested. There will be an assessment and if any of the exemption categories apply then some or all of the information may not be released. You will be informed if this is the case, including your rights of appeal.

If any of the information you have requested is not contained in a recorded format, South Norfolk Council is not obliged to create information for the purpose of responding to your request

There may be a fee payable for ‘reasonable disbursement’ costs such as postage and photocopying. This will be considered and you will be informed if a fee is payable. In this event the fee must be paid before the information is processed and released. The 20 working day time limit for responses is suspended until receipt of the payment.

If you have any queries or concerns then please let me know. If you do contact us again concerning this request, please quote FOI 16-230.

Regards

Emma Goddard
Scrutiny and Information Rights Officer
t 01508 533943 e [email address] www.south-norfolk.gov.uk

South Norfolk Council - Investors In People | Gold

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Leah Mickleborough, South Norfolk District Council

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Dear Mr Lewis,

I refer to your Freedom of Information request to which I am now in a position to respond. My response is outlined below along with your questions for ease of reference.

As we have refused part of your request, in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 this email acts as a Public Interest Refusal Notice. In terms of the exemption, you have a right of appeal against our decision. In the first instance this appeal must be internal and we enclose a copy of our guidance regarding how to request an internal review. We hope that you will not feel it necessary to invoke an appeal, but if you do we will take every care to re-assess your request and let you have our findings.

Please quote FOI 16-230 in any further correspondence concerning this request.

Leah Mickleborough
Governance & Business Manager
t 01508 533954 e [email address] www.south-norfolk.gov.uk

South Norfolk Council - Investors In People | Gold

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Dear Leah Mickleborough,

I am requesting an internal review.

Further to your refusal to issue information further to the "less / fewer than 5" criterion common amongst councils, I wish to point you to an ICO decision issued against Rutland Council (available on the whatdotheyknow website) where the same questions relating to bullying and harassment were asked. I therefore believe you should release the information. The basic summary at the start of the ICO decision is as follows and I believe the same "anonymised" rule applies to you.

"Decision (including any steps ordered)

1. The complainant submitted an eight-part request for information about harassment and bullying complaints in the workplace. Rutland County Council (the ‘Council’) provided some information, but refused the remainder citing sections 40(2) of FOIA, personal information, and 12, the cost exclusion. The complainant was concerned only with the Council’s reliance on section 40(2) which was applied to parts 2 to 6 of his request.

2. The Commissioner’s decision is that the Council has incorrectly applied the exemption for personal data at section 40(2) of FOIA to parts 2 to 6 of the request, as the withheld information is sufficiently anonymised to take it out of the definition of personal data.

3. He therefore requires the Council to take the following steps to ensure compliance with the legislation.

 Disclose the withheld information as provided to the Commissioner for parts 2 to 6 of the request as set out in paragraph 5.

4. The Council must take these steps within 35 calendar days of the date of this decision notice. Failure to comply may result in the Commissioner making written certification of this fact to the High Court pursuant to section 54 of the Act and may be dealt with as a contempt of court.

Reference: FS50614409 "

Yours sincerely,

Mr Lewis

Yabootoyou

Leah Mickleborough, South Norfolk District Council

Thank you for your email.

 I am currently out of the office and will return in the afternoon of
Monday, 20th September

 

If you have any critical, urgent issues, please contact Emma Goddard on
01508 533943 or Claire White on 01508 533669.  I will be checking my
e-mails daily.

Otherwise, I will respond to your e-mail on my return.

 

Right2Know, South Norfolk District Council

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Dear Mr Lewis

 

I acknowledge your request for an internal review of the decision taken in
respect of your FOI request below.

 

I hope to be in a position to respond to you by Friday 7 October in
relation to this.

 

Please quote FOI 16-230 in any future correspondence regarding this
request

 

Regards

 

Emma Goddard
Senior Governance Officer
t 01508 533943 e [email address]  [1]www.south-norfolk.gov.uk
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Right2Know, South Norfolk District Council

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Dear Mr Lewis

 

The review officer has reviewed the Council’s original response to your
request and considers that section 40 of the FOI Act does not apply to
question 2-7 of your request as they do not believe that the data would
reveal any personal data. Therefore I am able to disclose the answers to
questions 2-7, below.

 

2) How many of these complaints were upheld in favour of the  complainant?
0

 

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: 0

 

3) How many of those which were not upheld in favour of the  complainant
went on to Appeal? 0

 

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? 0

 

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?
0

 

I hope you find this of assistance and you are happy with the information
that has been supplied. If you are still dissatisfied, you can contact the
Information Commissioner and I show below the contact details for your
information:

 

Office of the Information Commissioner

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire SK9 5AF

 

Tel: 01625 545745

Website: [1]http://www.ico.gov.uk/

 

Regards

 

Emma Goddard
Senior Governance Officer
t 01508 533943 e [email address]  [2]www.south-norfolk.gov.uk
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From: Right2Know
Sent: 28 September 2016 12:00
To: Yabootoyou ([FOI #340905 email])
Subject: RE: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Bullying
in South Norfolk District Council (FOI 16-230)

 

Dear Mr Lewis

 

I acknowledge your request for an internal review of the decision taken in
respect of your FOI request below.

 

I hope to be in a position to respond to you by Friday 7 October in
relation to this.

 

Please quote FOI 16-230 in any future correspondence regarding this
request

 

Regards

 

Emma Goddard
Senior Governance Officer
t 01508 533943 e [6][email address]  [7]www.south-norfolk.gov.uk
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