Total Annual Figures for Compromise Agreements, etc.

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

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Dear Pendle Borough 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

YatesGeoffrey, Pendle Borough Council

Dear Sir

Pease see below the answer to your query -

Number of Compromise Agreements - 1 in 2009. This did not contain clauses forgoing future rights to raise FIA or DPA subject access requests.

Yours sincerely

Geoff Yates
Principal Committee Administrator
Pendle Borough Council
Tel. 01282 661643

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Dear Geoffrey,

Many thanks,

Yours sincerely,

Paul Cardin

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Pendle Borough 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:

...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: