Total Annual Figures for Compromise Agreements, etc.

Paul Cardin made this Freedom of Information request to Cannock Chase District Council

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Dear Cannock Chase District Council,

Please supply totals for the following:

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

Info Manager, Cannock Chase District Council

Dear Mr Cardin

Thank you for your request for information.

We are happy to supply the information as follows.

Over the last 5 years there have been 2 compromise agreements.

One was in relation to a redundancy and the other was in relation to the
termination of an employee following an unsatisfactory probationary
period. Neither of these restricted the employees from raising FOI
requests.

Prior to this time there are no centralised records of compromise
agreements. If any exist they would be included in individual personnel
files. To interrogate these manual files would involve searching
thousands of personnel files. To carry out this procedure would therefore
exceed the "appropriate limit" as stated in the Freedom of Information
(Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004. Unfortunately we cannot
therefore supply information before 2006.

I hope the information that is available is of help to you.

If you have any queries relating to how your request has been handled in
relation to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 please feel free to
contact me.

You can also complain to the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Telephone: 01625 545 700

www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

Yours sincerely,

Information Manager

Cannock Chase Council

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Dear Info Manager,

I appreciate your time and your rapid response. However, could you provide a break down by year? e.g. 2007 - 1; 2009 - 1 ?

many thanks in advance.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Cardin

Info Manager, Cannock Chase District Council

Dear Mr Cardin

Please find information as requested, my apologies for not including it in
our original response.

2008 = 1

2010 = 1

Many thanks

If you have any queries relating to how your request has been handled in
relation to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 please feel free to
contact me.

You can also complain to the Information Commissioner at:
Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Telephone: 01625 545 700
[1]www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

Yours sincerely,

Information Manager
Cannock Chase Council

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Dear Info Manager,

Many thanks,

Yours sincerely,

Paul Cardin

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Cannock Chase 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.

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Update here on Freedom of Information gagging clauses, including the opinion of senior counsel, Hugh Tomlinson QC:

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