Bullying in Sunderland Council

Yabootoyou made this Freedom of Information request to Sunderland City Council

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The request was refused by Sunderland City Council.

Dear Sunderland 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.

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

Yours faithfully,

Yabootoyou

Solicitor - Freedom of Information, Sunderland City Council

Re: Your request for information concerning: Bullying in Sunderland Council.

The Council aims to provide available information promptly and in any event within 20 working days, unless, exceptionally, there is a need to consider whether the information is exempt from disclosure.

I will contact you again soon in connection with your request.

Please quote the reference below if you contact the Council regarding this request.

Customer Request Number: 15-12-23

 

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Steve Hanratty, Sunderland City Council

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Dear Mr Lewis,

 

I refer to your recent request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.  I can confirm that the Council does hold this
information, as detailed below.

 

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?

In order for this information to be provided a manual exercise would be
required. Initial investigation of the time taken for the provision of
just one year of the above information has revealed that even this would
exceed the fees limit therefore questions 1 to 7 are refused.

 

8) How many staff does your authority have and what is the current
population within your authority's area?

Employees   4010 as at 30/11/2015 (Please note the figure excludes School
Employees and Apprentices)

Population   276,080

 

I hope this is satisfactory.  If, however, you are dissatisfied with our
response to your request for information, you can ask for the decision to
be reviewed in reply to this letter.  The review will be removed from the
Directorate and coordinated by the Council’s Information Governance
Officer.   A request for review should be directed, by email to
[1][Sunderland City Council request email], by post or by hand addressed to;
Information Governance Officer, Governance Services, Civic Centre, PO Box
100, Sunderland SR2 7DN.

 

You are of course entitled to apply to the Information Commissioner at any
time, although the Commissioner will not usually investigate until the
public authority’s internal review procedure has been concluded.

 

Kind Regards

 

 

Steve Hanratty

Business Development Manager

Commercial Development Directorate

Sunderland City Council

Tel: 0191 5617808

[2]www.sunderland.gov.uk

 

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Meg Crosby left an annotation ()

They have already provided the number of bullying incidents in the last 5 years to the Sunday Sun so why they couldn't give this information is bewildering.
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/nort...
As far as how many stages complaints go through, this document gives a rough idea for all complaints:-
http://www.sunderland.gov.uk/Committees/...

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