Total Annual Figures for Compromise Agreements, etc.

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

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Dear Arun District Council,

Please supply totals for the following:

Since the inception of Arun District Council, or as far as
records go back, the annual figures for the total number of current
employees or ex-employees of Arun District 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 who have agreed, following the matter
being raised and made conditional as part of a compromise agreement
drawn up by the body acting as Arun District Council's legal
team, to 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 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

Sue Fairs-Browning, Arun District Council

I will reply to your email on my return to the office on Tuesday 4th
January 2011 or alternatively if the matter is urgent please contact my
colleague Stephen Pearse at [email address]

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Stephen Pearse, Arun District Council

Dear Mr Cardin,

Your request for information in respect of compromise agreements has
been passed to me to progress. The information is currently being
obtained from the appropriate Officers and a response will be sent no
later than 31 January 2011.


Regards

Stephen Pearse | Principal Internal Auditor, Internal Audit, Arun
District Council | Location: Second Floor, Arun Civic Centre, Maltravers
Road, Littlehampton, BN17 5LF
Internal: 37332 | External: +44 (0) 1903 737500 x 37332 | E-mail:
[email address]

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Stephen Pearse, Arun District Council

Dear Mr Cardin,

Thank you for your recent FOI request. I have now had the opportunity
to liaise with colleagues and they have provided the response shown
below.

We have had a look back on our employment records, as we keep these for
a period of five years, and we have found records of compromise
agreements in the following years:-

2007 = 1
2008 = 1
2010 = 2

I am not aware of any compromise agreement where we made it a condition
that they could not approach the Council in the future for FOI or Data
Protection requests.

I trust this deals with your request satisfactorily.

Kind regards

Stephen Pearse | Principal Internal Auditor, Internal Audit, Arun
District Council | Location: Second Floor, Arun Civic Centre, Maltravers
Road, Littlehampton, BN17 5LF
Internal: 37332 | External: +44 (0) 1903 737500 x 37332 | E-mail:
[email address]

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Dear Stephen Pearse,

Thank you for your very quick response,

Yours sincerely,

Paul Cardin

Paul Cardin left an annotation ()

Arun District Council were one of the quickest respondents of the 345 councils asked, taking only 6 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.

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...