Total Annual Figures for Compromise Agreements, etc.

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

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Dear Christchurch Borough Council,

Please supply totals for the following:

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

Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Christchurch Borough Council

Dear Mr Cardin

Information Request

Thank you for your information request dated 2 January 2011.

The Council's Personnel department has the information you asked for.

2 employees have signed compromise agreements directly related to the resolving of disputes/grievances.

None from internal and external investigations or incidents resulting from whistleblowing.

There have not been any conditions in the agreements that forgo their right to approach the Council with an FOI or DPA request.

I hope this satisfies your request. If you have any complaints in respect of your information request, please write to the Chief Executive at the address below or complete the on-line complaint form that can be found at www.dorsetforyou.com. If your complaint is not resolved to your complete satisfaction, you have the right to apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision.

Kind regards

Simon Merritt

Legal and Electoral Officer
Christchurch Borough Council

Tel: 01202 495158

Fax:
Email: [email address]
Web: http://www.dorsetforyou.com

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Dear Simon,

Thank you very much for the quick response. Please could you break down the figures annually, by calendar year?

e.g. 2006 - 1; 2009 - 1 ?

many thanks in advance,

Yours sincerely,

Paul Cardin

Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Christchurch Borough Council

Dear Mr Cardin

Figures as requested.

2006 - 1
2008 - 1

Kind regards

Simon Merritt

Legal and Electoral Officer
Christchurch Borough Council

Tel: 01202 495158

Fax:
Email: [email address]
Web: http://www.dorsetforyou.com

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Dear Data Simon,

Thanks very much for that,

Yours sincerely,

Paul Cardin

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Christchurch Borough 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:

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 - 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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