Total Annual Figures for Compromise Agreements, etc.

Paul Cardin made this Freedom of Information request to North Dorset District Council

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Dear North Dorset District 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

Julia Crocker, North Dorset District Council

Dear Mr Cardin

Thank you for your enquiry and please find our response outlined below.

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).

2003 - 1; 2004-1; 2008 - 2; 2009 - 1; 2010 - 3

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.

None

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

2007 - 4; 2008 - 0; 2010 - 6; etc.

I trust the above information is of assistance.

Regards

Julia Crocker
Customer Services Support Officer
North Dorset District Council
01258 484330
www.dorsetforyou.com

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not liable for any consequences of accessing this electronic transmission.

Dear Julia Crocker,

Thank you very much for your rapid response. I really appreciate your detailed answer,

Yours sincerely,

Paul Cardin

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North Dorset District Council were one of the quickest respondents of the 345 councils asked, taking only 2 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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