Total Annual Figures for Compromise Agreements, etc.

Paul Cardin made this Freedom of Information request to Mole Valley District Council

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Dear Mole Valley District Council,

Please supply Annual totals for the following:

As far as records go back, the annual figures for the total number of current employees / ex-employees (including teaching staff) 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 (including teaching staff) 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 - 0; 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,

Paul Cardin

FOI - Freedom of Information, Mole Valley District Council

Dear Mr Cardin

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

Please be advised that your request is being dealt with and you will
receive a response within 20 working days, which will be by 2nd February
2011 at the latest.

Kind regards

Natalie Dewing
FOI and Complaints Officer
Mole Valley District Council
01306 885001

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Personnel Admin, Mole Valley District Council

Dear Mr Cardin,

Further to your request below, we can now provide the following
information:-

Signed compromise agreements: 2004 - 1, 2005 - 0, 2006 - 0, 2007 - 0,
2008 - 1, 2009 - 3, 2010 - 5

Right to approach: 0

Yours sincerely
Sandra Mackrell
HR Assistant
Mole Valley District Council

From: Paul Cardin [mailto:[FOI #56806 email]]
Sent: 04 January 2011 23:19
To: FOI - Freedom of Information
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Total Annual Figures for
Compromise Agreements, etc.

Dear Mole Valley District Council,

Please supply Annual totals for the following:

As far as records go back, the annual figures for the total number
of current employees / ex-employees (including teaching staff) 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 (including teaching staff) 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 - 0; 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,

Paul Cardin

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Dear Sandra,

Thanks very much for your very rapid response,

Yours sincerely,

Paul Cardin

Paul Cardin left an annotation ()

Mole Valley District Council were one of the quickest respondents of the 345 councils asked, taking only 5 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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