Total Annual Figures for Compromise Agreements, etc.

Paul Cardin made this Freedom of Information request to Chorley Borough Council

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Dear Chorley Borough Council,

Please supply totals for the following:

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

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Dear Sir,

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Please quote the above reference number in all future correspondence.

Please find attached acknowledgement.

Yours faithfully

Paul Sudworth
Information Manager
Chorley Council
DD: 01257 515294

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Dear Mr Cardin,

I am writing in response to your request for information under the terms
of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Ref No FOI/11/002.

The annual figures for compromise agreements directly related to the
resolving of:

dispute(s): None

grievance(s): None

internal and external investigation(s): 1 (in 2007)

whistleblowing incident(s): None

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 Chorley Borough 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. None

Chorley Council's records for this information are available from 1998.

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Yours sincerely

Paul Sudworth
Information Manager
Chorley Council
DD: 01257 515294

Chorley Council - rated "excellent" - aiming higher

Beacon Council 2009-10 Better Outcomes for People & Places
The Beacon of Beacons

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Dear Mr Sudworth,

Thank you very much for the information and for your very rapid response,

Yours sincerely,

Paul Cardin

Paul Cardin left an annotation ()

Chorley Borough Council were one of the quickest respondents of the 345 councils asked, taking only 4 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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