Total Annual Figures for Compromise Agreements, etc.

Paul Cardin made this Freedom of Information request to Gosport Borough Council

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Dear Gosport Borough Council,

Please supply totals for the following:

As far as records go back, the annual figures for the total number of current employees / ex-employees of the Council who have signed compromise agreements directly 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 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 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 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,

Paul Cardin

Vincent, Jackie, Gosport Borough Council

Dear Paul

Thank you for your request for information dated 3rd January 2011. This is currently being dealt with in accordance with the legislation and the information you have requested will be sent to you within 20 working days (1st February 2011).

In the meantime if I can be of further assistance please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Jackie Vincent
FOI Co-ordinator
Chief Executive's Unit

Gosport Borough Council
Tel No: 023 92 545201
Email: [email address]

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Vincent, Jackie, Gosport Borough Council

Dear Paul

Thank you for your information request dated 3rd January 2011.

Please find below the information you have requested.

Please contact me again if you require any further assistance on this matter and I will do my best to provide relevant help and advice.

If you are not content with the outcome of your request, 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; or telephone: 08456 30 60 60 or 01625 54 57 45; or at www.ico.gov.uk There is no charge for making an appeal.

Yours sincerely

Jackie Vincent
FOI Co-ordinator
Chief Executive's Unit

Gosport Borough Council
Tel No: 023 92 545201
Email: [email address]

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Dear Jackie,

Thanks very much for your rapid response. Please could you break the figures down annually? e.g. 2008 - 1; 2010 - 1; ?

many thanks in advance,

Yours sincerely,

Paul Cardin

Vincent, Jackie, Gosport Borough Council

Sorry Paul, the breakdown is : 2005: 1, 2007: 1

Kind regards

Jackie Vincent
PA to the Chief Executive

Gosport Borough Council
Tel No: 023 92 545201
Email: [email address]

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Dear Vincent, Jackie,

Thank you very much for your time,

Yours sincerely,

Paul Cardin

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Gosport Borough Council were one of the quickest respondents of the 345 councils asked, taking only 3 days to respond positively and in full.

Please link here to read about the further aspects of this request:

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...including councils who have attempted to prevent individuals from exercising their statutory FOI / DP querying rights.

There is a growing trend for the use of compromise agreements, not just in the area of disputes or whistleblowing, but also in general redundancy or equal pay claims. Some councils have yet to answer this query - although to date, 65 working days have elapsed.

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Update here on Freedom of Information gagging clauses, including the opinion of senior counsel, Hugh Tomlinson QC:

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