Total Annual Figures for Compromise Agreements, etc.

Paul Cardin made this Freedom of Information request to Newcastle upon Tyne City Council

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Dear Newcastle upon Tyne City Council,

Please supply Annual totals for the following:

As far as records go back, the annual figures for the total
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 Requests, Newcastle upon Tyne City Council

RFI - 2985

Thank you for your request for information received on 5th January I am
dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I
have passed your request to relevant colleagues, and we will respond to
your request within 20 working days of receipt.

Regards,

Gemma

Gemma Snowball
Senior Admin Assistant
Chief Executives Office
Corporate Services
0191 211 6046 / x26046

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Hunton, Jill, Newcastle upon Tyne City Council

Dear Mr Cardin

Further to your FOI request below, please can you confirm whether we
should include compromise agreements which have come about in relation to
disciplinary investigations.

Thank you

Jill Hunton

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Dear Jill,

Yes. I'd be very grateful if you included these.

But to make the task more manageable, please exclude compromised agreements which have been drawn up in the following circumstances:

1. Purely PILON (payment in lieu of notice) arrangements
2. COT3 agreements (where tribunal proceedings may or may not have been initiated)
3. Purely redundancy situations
4. TUPE situations
5. Equal pay claims

Many thanks in advance,

Yours sincerely,

Paul Cardin

Dear Hunton, Jill,

Yes please.

But please exclude any reached in the following circumstances:

1. Purely redundancy situations
2. Purely PILON (pay in lieu of notice) situations
3. COT3 agreements (where tribunal proceedings may or may not have been initiated)
4. Equal pay claims
5. TUPE situations

I hope this helps you to manage the request more effectively,

Yours sincerely,

Paul Cardin

Hunton, Jill, Newcastle upon Tyne City Council

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Dear Mr Cardin
Further to your FOI below, please find attached our response
Kind regards
Jill

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Newcastle upon Tyne City Council were one of the quicker respondents of the 345 councils asked, taking 18 working days to respond positively and in full.

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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 - and to date, 65 working days have elapsed