How many gagging orders.compromise agreements used in cases at management level

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Dear Lambeth Borough Council,
Please supply Annual totals for the following:

In the last 10 years,the annual figures for the total
of current employees / ex-employees at management and team leader level who have signed compromise agreements directly or indirectly related to the resolving of dispute(s) / grievance(s) / internal and external investigation(s) / whistleblowing incident(s).

In addition to this, annual figures for the number of current employees / ex-employees at management and team leader level who have agreed, following the matter being raised and made conditional as part of a compromise agreement drawn up by the body acting as the Council's legal team, to sign and forgo their right to approach the
council in the future with Freedom of Information and/or DPA
Subject Access requests under the relevant Acts.

Please provide the figures in the following format e.g. 2006 - 2;
2007 - 4; 2008 - 1; 2010 - 6; etc.

Please note that I do not seek or require any personal information
such as names and addresses – only the total figures for each
subject area.

Yours faithfully,

C.Bielby

FOI team, Lambeth Borough Council

Information request
Our reference: IR17745

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Dear Mr. Bielby
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 20 June
2013 concerning Dear Lambeth Borough Council,
Please supply Annual totals for the following:

In the last 10 years,the annual figures for the total of current employees
/ ex-employees at management and team leader level who have signed
compromise agreements directly or indirectly related to the resolving of
dispute(s) / grievance(s) / internal and external investigation(s) /
whistleblowing incident(s).

In addition to this, annual figures for the number of current employees /
ex-employees at management and team leader level who have agreed,
following the matter being raised and made conditional as part of a
compromise agreement drawn up by the body acting as the Council's legal
team, to sign and forgo their right to approach the council in the future
with Freedom of Information and/or DPA Subject Access requests under the
relevant Acts.

Please provide the figures in the following format e.g. 2006 - 2;
2007 - 4; 2008 - 1; 2010 - 6; etc.

Please note that I do not seek or require any personal information such as
names and addresses – only the total figures for each subject area.

Yours faithfully,

C.Bielby
 
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Dear Mr Bielby,

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act request reference IR17745.

Please find below the information you requested, which was:

 

Please supply Annual totals for the following:

 

1.       In the last 10 years, the annual figures for the total of current
employees / ex-employees at management and team leader level who have
signed compromise agreements directly or indirectly related to the
resolving of dispute(s) / grievance(s) / internal and external
investigation(s) / whistleblowing incident(s).

 

2.       In addition to this, annual figures for the number of current
employees / ex-employees at management and team leader level who have
agreed, following the matter being raised and made conditional as part of
a compromise agreement drawn up by the body acting as the Council's legal
team, to sign and forgo their right to approach the council in the future
with Freedom of Information and/or DPA Subject Access requests under the
relevant Acts.

 

Please provide the figures in the following format e.g. 2006 - 2;

2007 - 4; 2008 - 1; 2010 - 6; etc.

 

Please note that I do not seek or require any personal information such as
names and addresses – only the total figures for each subject area.

 

 

Please find the Council’s response as follows:

 

1. The Council only retains this data for 6 years after payment has been
made in accordance with the Council’s Record Retention and Disposal
Standard Policy.

 

 

Council 2012/2013 2011/2012 2010/2011 2009/2010 2008/2009 2007/2008  
Workers
Compromise 2 8 13 16 12 10  
Agreement
COT3 6 8 11 5 13 31  
Agreement
NON ET 6 1 0 0 0 0  
Agreement
TOTAL 14 17 24 21 25 41  

 

The figures above are in total, the Council does not capture what level a
member of staff is whether they are management or team leader level etc.

 

 

2.  Nil, the Council does not have such clauses in our Compromise
Agreements.

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