Total Annual Figures for Compromise Agreements, etc.

Paul Cardin made this Freedom of Information request to Cambridgeshire County Council

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Dear Cambridgeshire County Council,

Please supply totals for the following:

Since the inception of Cambridgeshire County Council, or as far as records go back, the annual figures for the total number of current employees or ex-employees of Cambridgeshire County 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 Cambridgeshire County 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

FOI, Cambridgeshire County Council

Dear Mr Cardin

Re: Freedom of Information Request ref 916596

Thank you for your email, received on 4 January 2011, in which you
requested information about compromise agreements.

Your request will be dealt with in line with the Freedom of Information
Act and its regulations. In accordance with the Act, the Council aims
to respond to all requests within 20 working days, in this instance by 1
February 2011.

If we require further information, clarification or a fee in order to
fulfil your request we will contact you again. Please quote the
reference number above in all future correspondence concerning this
request.

Yours sincerely,

Matthew Smith
Information Governance Officer
Cambridgeshire County Council

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Jenner Clare, Cambridgeshire County Council

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Dear Mr Cardin,

Thank you for your request which has been dealt with in line with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Please find attached Cambridgeshire
County Council's response to your request. I hope this answers your
enquiry. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to
contact me.

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your
request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision,
you should write to Sandra Taylor, Corporate Information Manager c/o
Information Governance Team, Box RES1405, Shire Hall, Cambridge CB3 0AP
within 40 days of the date of this email.

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the
ICO will not undertake a review or make a decision on a request unless you
have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the Council. The
Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information Commissioner's
Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Regards,
Clare Jenner
Cambridgeshire County Council

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Dear Clare,

Many thanks for your detailed response and for the time you've devoted to my query.

If possible, could I request that you exclude any compromise agreements drawn up in the following circumstances?

1. Purely PILON (payment in lieu of notice) situations
2. Purely redundancy situations
3. COT3 agreements (where tribunal proceedings may or may not have been initiated)
4. Equal pay claims
5. TUPE situations

I am hopeful that, now you have reached a manageable number, it won't take too much more of your time to exclude the above and re-advise.

Many thanks in advance,

Yours sincerely,

Paul Cardin

Jenner Clare, Cambridgeshire County Council

Dear Mr Cardin,

Thank you for your email. Your amendment to your original request for
information has been logged as a separate request in accordance with the
Freedom of Information Act and its regulations. You will receive a
response by 1 March 2011 at the latest.

Please contact me if I can be of any further assistance in respect of
this request.

Kind regards,
Clare Jenner
Cambridgeshire County Council

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Dear Jenner Clare,

Thanks for your assurance. Can you please forward the response, which is now long overdue?

Yours sincerely,

Paul Cardin

Jenner Clare, Cambridgeshire County Council

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Dear Mr Cardin,

Thank you for your request which has been dealt with in line with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Please accept my apologies for the
slight delay in our response. Please find attached Cambridgeshire
County Council's response to your request. I hope this answers your
enquiry. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to
contact me.

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to
your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our
decision, you should write to Sandra Taylor, Corporate Information
Manager c/o Information Governance Team, Box RES1405, Shire Hall,
Cambridge CB3 0AP within 40 days of the date of this email.

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the
ICO will not undertake a review or make a decision on a request unless
you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the Council.
The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire,
SK9 5AF.

Regards,
Clare Jenner
Cambridgeshire County Council

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Paul Cardin left an annotation ()

Cambridgeshire County Council were one of the slowest respondents of the 345 councils asked, taking 46 working days (over twice the statutory period) 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 - and to date, 65 working days have elapsed