Dumfries and Galloway Council's Unacceptable Actions Policy.

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Dear Dumfries and Galloway Council,

This request relates to the council's Unacceptable Actions Policy. The information requested is as follows;

1) What does the council define as "threatening and abusive language" precisely?

2) Where is this set out in the policy document and provide this to verify the definition.

3) Please give exact examples of what is classed as "threatening and abusive language".

4) Given that someone who has called the council, "A squalid little outfit", has been threatened with the Unacceptable Actions Policy, is this being used to gag legitimate comment by individuals?

5) Is the council's policy interpreted as anything that officers don't like is classed as "threatening and abusive language"?

6) Is the council aware of the provisions of Article 10 Human Rights Act 2000, the Right to Freedom of Expression?

7) Given that the council is considered to be "a squalid little outfit" it is clear that the person who made this comment has the right to do so and the threat made by the officer in response breaches Article 10 Human Rights Act 2000. Is that the intention, to stifle legitimate comment?

Yours faithfully,

Susan Murray

Dumfries and Galloway Council


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