Total Annual Figures for Compromise Agreements, etc.

Paul Cardin made this Freedom of Information request to Purbeck District Council

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Dear Purbeck 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

FOI, Purbeck District Council

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Linda Payne, Purbeck District Council

Dear Mr Cardin

Please find the following response to your Freedom of Information Request.

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).

WE ARE ONLY ABLE TO GO BACK TO 2006 AND WE HAVE NO RECORD OF
EMPLOYEES/EX-EMPLOYEES SIGNING COMPROMISE AGREEMENTS FOR THE REASONS YOU
HAVE GIVEN

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.

WE HAVE NO INCIDENTS/RECORDS AS DESCRIBED ABOVE

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Yours sincerely

Linda Payne

Linda Payne
PA to Chief Executive

Purbeck District Council, Westport House

Worgret Road, Wareham, BH20 4PP

Direct Line: 01929 557235

Fax: 01929 557305

Switchboard: 01929 556561

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Website: www.purbeck.gov.uk

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Dear Linda Payne,

Thanks very much for your rapid response,

Yours sincerely,

Paul Cardin

Paul Cardin left an annotation ()

Purbreck District Council were one of the quickest respondents of the 345 councils asked, taking only 4 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...