Bullying in Surrey Heath Borough Council

Yabootoyou made this Freedom of Information request to Surrey Heath Borough Council

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Dear Surrey Heath Borough 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

Breda Lowe, Surrey Heath Borough Council

Dear Mr Lewis

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 04/07/2016. I will deal with it under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The
FOI Act requires us to respond promptly and in any case no later than 20 working days. I therefore aim to respond by at the latest 03/08/2016, unless it is
necessary to consider the public interest test. If this is the case, I will write to you again explaining that this will be happening. We are then
required to provide a full response within such a time as is reasonable in the circumstances.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, I will let you know. A fee notice will be issued to you, and you will be
required to pay before we will proceed with your request.

If you have any queries about this email, please do not hesitate to contact me. It would be helpful if you would quote the reference number in the
subject line in any future correspondence.

Yours sincerely

Geraldine Sharman
Information Governance Officer
Surrey Heath Borough Council
Surrey Heath House
Knoll Road
Camberley
Surrey
GU15 3HD
01276 707362
07973893801
www.SurreyHeath.gov.uk
Surrey Heath

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Breda Lowe, Surrey Heath Borough Council

Dear Mr Lewis

 

Thank you for your email of 4/7/2016  in which you requested information
about Bullying in Surrey Heath Borough Council.

 

The information you requested is below.  

 

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? - 8

 

2) How many of these complaints were upheld in favour of the  complainant?
- 3

 

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?- 1

 

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? n/a

 

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?

 

Section 12 of the Act makes provision for public authorities to refuse
requests for information where the cost of dealing with them would exceed
the appropriate limit, which for local government is set at £450. This
represents the estimated cost of one person spending 3.5 working days in
determining whether the department holds the information, locating,
retrieving and extracting the information.

We estimate that it will take us in excess of 3.5 working days to retrieve
and extract the information in reference to your request as it will
involve going through each bullying/harassment case in detail.

 

8) How many staff does your authority have and what is the current
population within your authority's area?- 240 employees

 

[1]http://www.surreyheath.gov.uk/business/e...

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the
right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be
submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your
original letter and should be addressed to: Mrs Janet Jones, ICT Manager,
Surrey Heath Borough Council, Surrey Heath House, Knoll Road, Camberley,
GU15 3HD [2][email address].

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

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

 

 

Breda Lowe
FOI Administrator
Surrey Heath Borough Council
Surrey Heath House
Knoll Road
Camberley
Surrey
GU15 3HD
01276 707453
[3]www.surreyheath.gov.uk

 

Please note my working hours are 9am till 2pm

 

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