Total Annual Figures for Compromise Agreements, etc.

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

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Dear Dartford Borough Council,

Please supply totals for the following:

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

Dear Dartford Borough Council,

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 faithfully,

Paul Cardin

Dear Dartford Borough Council,

It's now March and despite reducing the scope of the request in good faith, you have failed to respond to this query.

Please could you check your systems and ensure that emails are not being incorrectly removed by a 'spam' filtering system?

Your response is now long overdue,

Yours faithfully,

Paul Cardin

FOI, Dartford Borough Council

Thank you for your FOI request which will be responded to within 20
working days unless the Council agrees an extension of time with you.
Please note that your name and contact details will be included in the
Council's response, which will be published on the Council's website. You
may ask us not to publish your contact details. Your name however, will
continue to be published.

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Dear FOI,

This is just A-W-F-U-L.

I'll wait another week, but if no response is forthcoming, it will have to be an internal review or a request to the Information Commissioner.

I did ask these FOI questions back in early January, after all, and it's now MARCH,

Yours sincerely,

Paul Cardin

FOI, Dartford Borough Council

Thank you for your FOI request which will be responded to within 20
working days unless the Council agrees an extension of time with you.
Please note that your name and contact details will be included in the
Council's response, which will be published on the Council's website. You
may ask us not to publish your contact details. Your name however, will
continue to be published.

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Mary King, Dartford Borough Council

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Paul Cardin left an annotation ()

Dartford Borough Council were one of the slowest respondents of the 345 councils asked, taking 45 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