Dear St. Edmundsbury Borough Council,
Please supply Annual totals for the followig:
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 - 1; 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.
St Eds Borough Council entered 2 compromise agreements in 2008, and one in
Dear Karen Points,
Please could you address the second part of my request i.e. has the council ever used gagging clauses preventing the signatory of a compromise agreement from exercising their statutory rights under FOI or DPA legislation?
Paul, I am able to confirm that SEBC has never used gagging clauses as detailed below in any compromise agreement.
Thanks for your response.
In the last 20 working days, a total of 176 English Councils have been able to provide an answer to this. Can I provide you with another 5 working days in which to reconsider and respond?
Failing this, I may be forced, much against my better judgment, to go to internal review. My experiences dealing with councils are not always positive or endearing, but this is a very important question, and I want to be absolutely sure that there is no concealment going on.
In the meantime, whilst considering the above request, can you at least explain your thought processes, or the actions taken to lead you to this conclusion - one which is unique in 177 responses?
many thanks in advance,
Thx for your response. I have answered both aspects of your question, the answer to part 2 is none, we have never done so, as stated in my response today.
SO SORRY !!!
I became word blind. I saw your response as 'unable to confirm'.
No excuses, but it's one of the damaging effects of writing and responding to over 300 councils that does this.... :-)
Thanks very much for your help and apologies again for the tone of the last email,
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