Total Annual Figures for Compromise Agreements, etc.

Paul Cardin made this Freedom of Information request to Cornwall Council

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Dear Cornwall Council,

Please supply totals for the following:

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

Freedom Of Information Mail, Cornwall Council

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Dear Mr Cardin

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you a copy by post.

Yours sincerely,

Gemma Stephenson

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Cornwall Council
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Dear Freedom Of Information Mail,

By law, I believe the authority should have responded promptly and by 1st February 2011.

Although I have received no response, to assist, I would like to 'sharpen' and reduce the scope of the original request as follows:

Please exclude all COT3 Agreements and all compromise agreements drawn up in the following circumstances:

1. Purely redundancy situations
2. Purely PILON (pay in lieu of notice) situations
3. Equal pay claims
4. TUPE situations

Further to this, please reduce the time period to the years between 2005 and 2010 i.e. the last six years.

I am researching this particular area and aim to view trends and movements both regionally and nationally. It would benefit myself and the authority if the figures reached were as accurate as possible.

When responding, please give figures in calendar year format e.g. 2005 - 1; 2006 - 3; 2007 - 2; etc.

Many thanks in advance,

Yours sincerely,

Paul Cardin

Freedom Of Information Mail, Cornwall Council

Dear Mr Cardin

I am in the process of preparing the information for your request under
IAR-004012, and just waiting for confirmation from Human Resources with
regard to information that they may hold. I apologise for the delay in
responding but anticipate to be able to send this to you ASAP.

I note however that at this stage you wish to amend the request. In this
instance we would stop the clock and start again, but as we have passed
the response date, can I suggest that we log this additional query/level
of information requested under a new request?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards

Lisa.

Miss Lisa Lawrence
Support Advisor (Information Management)
Public and Partner Relations
Chief Executive's Department
Cornwall Council

Tel: 01872 323451
Fax: 01872 261049
[email address]

Room 239, Treyew Road, New County Hall, Truro. TR1 3AY.
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Dear Freedom Of Information Mail,

Thanks for your response.

I did 'amend' the request - but such a statement doesn't do my position justice.

I also reduced the scope of the request, in good faith, and in the spirit of the act - in order to make the task easier. You were 'late on parade', with an overdue response, and therefore, not in a position to suggest that you be given extra time to respond.

I'd appreciate it if you could deliver the information as soon as possible, in line with 168 other English councils who found no problem, and responded in the 20 working day period, giving full, frank and positive replies.

Many thanks in advance,

Yours sincerely,

Paul Cardin

Freedom Of Information Mail, Cornwall Council

Dear Mr Cardin

I will take your recent request as a new request for information and
will be logged as such.

IAR-004012 will be sent to you as soon as I have received the
information required from HR.

Regards

Lisa.

Miss Lisa Lawrence
Support Advisor (Information Management)
Public and Partner Relations
Chief Executive's Department
Cornwall Council

Tel: 01872 323451
Fax: 01872 261049
[email address]

Room 239, Treyew Road, New County Hall, Truro. TR1 3AY.
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Dear Freedom Of Information Mail,

This is getting a bit 'depressing'. It seems after 11 years of FOI, you haven't quite got the knack of this.

168 councils to date have responded to this question quickly, positively and in full. But you failed to respond, and went over time.

Then, when I gently reminded you it was overdue, but did you a favour by reducing the scope of the request, you demanded to know why I hadn't telepathically clicked on to the fact that you were obviously busy working on it......!!!!!

Then, ignoring my pleas, you slap a 20 day extension down to grab a bit of time for yourselves.

So.... another member of the public waits another 20 working days, it seems. At this rate, you'll never come back with anything, just keep slamming down 20 day extensions....and I'll keep twiddling my thumbs.

If there's one positive thing to say, your response is quite UNIQUE !!

See you in 20 working days????

Yours sincerely,

Paul Cardin

Rose Woodward left an annotation ()

I find this sort of autocratic approach quite extraordinary as well as unhelpful, but sadly not unusual down here in Cornwall where this is not just restricted to the Council but to many publically funded bodies especially the NHS . You may be interested to know that Cornwall Council have just appointed a Councillor Bob Egerton as the Member Champion for Information and Transparency.!!!

His email is begerton@cornwall.gov.uk I'm sure he would be interested in your exchanges with his team !!

Freedom Of Information Mail, Cornwall Council

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Dear Mr Cardin

Please find attached a letter formally acknowledging your request for
information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. If you have
difficulty in opening the attachment, please contact me and I will send
you a copy by post.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Lisa Lawrence

Support Advisor (Information Management)

Public and Partner Relations

Chief Executive's Department

Cornwall Council

Central Scanning Unit, Treyew Road, Truro TR1 3AY

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Dear Mr Cardin

Please find attached a letter formally enclosing the Council's response to
your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. If
you have difficulty in opening the attachment(s), please contact me and I
will send you a copy by post.

Kind regards,

Lisa Lawrence

Chief Executive's Department

Central Scanning Unit, Treyew Road, Truro TR1 3AY

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Dear Freedom Of Information Mail,

Many thanks for the information and for the time you have devoted to this request.

When I reduced the scope of the request, I asked if you'd be so kind as to provide the information in calendar year format i.e. 2006 - 1; 2007 - 3; 2008 - 8; etc.

Now that you have reached manageable totals for Legal and HR, please could you provide this further break down into annual totals.

This format has been agreed with and responded to by 238 of your fellow LGA colleagues since January 1st 2011.

Many thanks again for your time on this,

Yours sincerely,

Paul Cardin

Freedom Of Information Mail, Cornwall Council

Dear Mr Cardin

Many thanks for your email.

The changed scope of your original request (logged as ref: IAR-004012)
was logged as a new request due to the fact that Legal Services had
already prepared their response to the original request. Therefore the
new request (changed scope) logged as IAR-004179 is due to be responded
to by 2nd March - I have Legal's response back but I am now chasing the
info due from HR and hope to have this with you ASAP.

Many thanks, kind regards

Lisa.

Lisa Lawrence
Support Advisor (Information Management)
Public and Partner Relations
Chief Executive's Department
Cornwall Council

Tel: 01872 323451
Fax: 01872 261049
[email address]

Room 203, Treyew Road, New County Hall, Truro. TR1 3AY.
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Freedom Of Information Mail, Cornwall Council

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Dear Mr Cardin

Please accept my apologies for the lateness of this response.

Please find attached a letter formally enclosing the Council's response to
your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. If
you have difficulty in opening the attachment(s), please contact me and I
will send you a copy by post.

Kind regards,

Lisa Lawrence

Chief Executive's Department

Central Scanning Unit, Treyew Road, Truro TR1 3AY

[1]www.cornwall.gov.uk

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Paul Cardin left an annotation ()

Cornwall Council were one of the slowest respondents of the 345 councils asked, taking 52 working days (well 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