Total Annual Figures for Compromise Agreements, etc.

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

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Dear Rother 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

David Edwards, Rother District Council

I am now out of the office for Christmas. Please consider whether my
colleagues Jane Guiver (Property), Andy Eaton (Litigation), Karen Newton
(Planning), Tina Holman (Estates) or Lynda Crawford (FOI) could help in my
absence.

I will be back on Monday Jan 10

Lynda Crawford, Rother District Council

Dear Mr Cardin

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

Thank you for your request received on 06 January 2011 requesting
information about compromise agreements. We are processing your request
in conjunction with the Human Resources Division and hope to be able to
respond to you within 4 weeks.

Lynda Crawford

Admin Assistant

Corporate Services

Rother District Council

Town Hall

Bexhill-on-Sea

East Sussex TN39 3JX

T: 01424 787835

F: 01424 787879

E: [1][email address]

W: [2]www.rother.gov.uk

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Lynda Crawford, Rother District Council

Dear Mr Cardin

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

With reference to your request received on 06 January 2011 about
compromise agreements, the Human Resources Division have advised that the
answer to your request in all respects is None.

You may use our internal complaints procedure if you are dissatisfied. If
you are still dissatisfied you may appeal to the Information
Commissioner. Please contact Anne Bruin, Team Leader - Customer Services,
if you wish to complain.

David Edwards

Solicitor to the Council

Corporate Services

Rother District Council

Town Hall

Bexhill-on-Sea

East Sussex TN39 3JX

T: 01424 787840

F: 01424 787879

E: [1][Rother District Council request email]

W: [2]www.rother.gov.uk

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Dear Lynda Crawford,

Thanks very much for your rapid response,

Yours sincerely,

Paul Cardin

Paul Cardin left an annotation ()

Rother District 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...