Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Dumfries and Galloway Council should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dear Dumfries and Galloway Council,

I once again write to you to ask why the council remove travel time payments from its carers who do not meet contracted hours?

You told me it was a long standing agreement with trade unions but when asked who with you could not answer and sent me to the health and social care team who told me that as they do not employ the carers it falls to the employer to answer these questions. (that's you). After telling you this information and asking once again just exactly what makes this legal you failed to answer that FOI and not just failed to answer the question but failed to even acknowledge it. I have a copy of a carers contract which has no mention of these deductions, the HR department has no idea why these deductions are made and the unions have never heard of such a thing.

The contract and your replys have been forwarded to my solicitor who also agrees these deductions are not legal, I currently have a Councillor also looking into this to find answers.

My next move will be court action which I'm sure you can appreciate will not only be for the member of staff who I am working for but will of course be picked up by every current serving and past members of caring staff who will look to claim the illegal deductions back from the council which I believe will total tens if not hundreds of thousands of pounds. So I recommend the council take on this matter with me either via here or in person so we can come to an agreement which suits both yourself and the person I represent.

So once again I ask can you provide proof to show this is legal?

Yours faithfully,

Marc Nicholson