Total Annual Figures for Compromise Agreements, etc.

Paul Cardin made this Freedom of Information request to North Devon Council

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Dear North Devon 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

Vicky Eagle, North Devon Council

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Dear Mr Cardin

On behalf of Mrs Hall, please find attached letter in acknowledgement of
your request for information received earlier today, made under the Act.

Yours sincerely

Vicky Eagle
Administrative Officer/Paralegal
Legal Services Unit
North Devon Council
Civic Centre
Barnstaple
North Devon
EX31 1EA
Tel: 01271 388262
Fax: 01271 388261
[1][email address]

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Vicky Eagle, North Devon Council

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Dear Mr Cardin

On behalf of Mrs Hall, please find attached letter in response to your
request for information received 6 January, made under the Act.

Yours sincerely

Vicky Eagle
Administrative Officer/Paralegal
Legal Services Unit
North Devon Council
Civic Centre
Barnstaple
North Devon
EX31 1EA
Tel: 01271 388262
Fax: 01271 388261
[1][email address]

'This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are confidential and
intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are
addressed. If you have received this e-mail in error please notify North
Devon Council ICT Unit. E-mail is inherently insecure without specific
security measures being taken. In essence we cannot guarantee the safe and
private delivery of all e-mail, both outbound and inbound, due to the
complexity and nature of the networks that it may utilise. Please bear
this in mind when sending critical or sensitive information. The views in
this message are personal and are not necessarily those of North Devon
Council.
Senders and recipients of email should be aware that under UK Data
Protection and Freedom of Information legislation these contents may have
to be disclosed in response to a request. Under the Regulation of
Investigatory Powers Act 2000, Lawful Business Practice Regulations, any
E-mail sent to or from this address may be accessed by someone other than
the recipient for system management and security purposes. The statutory
name of this council is North Devon District Council'
________________________________________________________________________

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Dear Vicky Eagle,

Thanks very much for a very quick and full response,

Yours sincerely,

Paul Cardin

Paul Cardin left an annotation ()

North Devon 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:

www.easyvirtualassistance.co.uk/page4.html

...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.

Paul Cardin left an annotation ()

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

http://easyvirtualassistance.wordpress.c...