Total Annual Figures for Compromise Agreements, etc.

Paul Cardin made this Freedom of Information request to Dover District Council

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Dear Dover District Council,

Please supply totals for the following:

As far as records go back, annual figures for the total number of current employees / ex-employees of Dover 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 the body acting as Dover 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

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Message from Mandy Weir, Performance Officer

Dear Mr Cardin

Thank you for your request for information about compromise agreements.
Your request was received on 4 January 2011 and I am dealing with it under
the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, I will
let you know. A fees notice will be issued to you, and you will be
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Yours sincerely

Mandy Weir

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-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Cardin [[3]mailto:[FOI #56490 email]]
Sent: 03 January 2011 09:50
To: FreedomOfInformation
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Total Annual Figures for
Compromise Agreements, etc.

Dear Dover District Council,

Please supply totals for the following:

As far as records go back, annual figures for the total number of
current employees / ex-employees of Dover 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 the body acting as Dover 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

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Mandy Weir, Dover District Council

Dear Mr Cardin

I am writing in respect of your enquiry for information held by this
Authority received on 4 January 2011 and to confirm that we have
completed the search for the information that you requested. You were
seeking the following information:

As far as records go back, annual figures for the total number of
current employees / ex-employees of Dover 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).

Two in total

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 Dover 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.

None

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me

I hope you find the information enclosed useful but if, for whatever
reason, you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation
to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our
decision, you are entitled to pursue any dissatisfaction through the
Council's Complaints Procedure.

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the
ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints
procedure provided by the Council. The Information Commissioner can be
contacted at: The Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House,
Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely


Mandy Weir
Performance Officer
Dover District Council
Council Offices, White Cliffs Business Park, Whitfield, Dover CT16 3PJ

Tel: 01304 872318
Fax: 01304 872300
Email: [email address]
Web: www.dover.gov.uk

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-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Cardin [mailto:[FOI #56490 email]]
Sent: 03 January 2011 09:50
To: FreedomOfInformation
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Total Annual Figures for
Compromise Agreements, etc.

Dear Dover District Council,

Please supply totals for the following:

As far as records go back, annual figures for the total number of
current employees / ex-employees of Dover 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 the body acting as Dover 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

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Dear Mandy Weir,

Thank you ver much for your rapid response. I am aiming to collate Annual figures nationally, and would be very grateful if you could break these figures down annually:
e.g. 2008 - 1; 2010 - 1

thanks in advance,

Yours sincerely,

Paul Cardin

AutomatedResponse, Dover District Council

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10 working days to provide you with a full and accurate response.

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be dealt with online. The Dover District Council website
[1](http://www.dover.gov.uk) enables many forms to be completed and
payments to be made as well as providing comprehensive information about
our services.

Note: Please do not reply to this message as it is from an automated
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Thank You.

Dover District Council.
Whitecliffs Business Park,
Whitfield, Dover, Kent.
CT16 3PJ
Tel: 01304 821199

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Mandy Weir, Dover District Council

Dear Mr Cardin

Thank you for your email. I can confirm that both were within 2008.
Please accept my apologies that I did not include this information
within my original response.

Yours sincerely


Mandy Weir
Performance Officer
Dover District Council
Council Offices, White Cliffs Business Park, Whitfield, Dover CT16 3PJ

Tel: 01304 872318
Fax: 01304 872300
Email: [email address]
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-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Cardin [mailto:[FOI #56490 email]]
Sent: 05 January 2011 10:55
To: Mandy Weir
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Total Annual Figures for
Compromise Agreements, etc.

Dear Mandy Weir,

Thank you ver much for your rapid response. I am aiming to collate
Annual figures nationally, and would be very grateful if you could
break these figures down annually:
e.g. 2008 - 1; 2010 - 1

thanks in advance,

Yours sincerely,

Paul Cardin

-----Original Message-----

Dear Mr Cardin

I am writing in respect of your enquiry for information held by
this
Authority received on 4 January 2011 and to confirm that we have
completed the search for the information that you requested. You
were
seeking the following information:

As far as records go back, annual figures for the total number of
current employees / ex-employees of Dover 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).

Two in total

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 Dover 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.

None

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me

I hope you find the information enclosed useful but if, for
whatever
reason, you are unhappy with the service you have received in
relation
to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of
our
decision, you are entitled to pursue any dissatisfaction through
the
Council's Complaints Procedure.

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may
apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally,
the
ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints
procedure provided by the Council. The Information Commissioner can
be
contacted at: The Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe
House,
Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.


Yours sincerely



Mandy Weir
Performance Officer
Dover District Council
Council Offices, White Cliffs Business Park, Whitfield, Dover CT16
3PJ

Tel: 01304 872318
Fax: 01304 872300
Email: [email address]
Web: www.dover.gov.uk

P Please consider the Environment before printing this email

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Dear Mandy Weir,

Many thanks for your time on this,

Yours sincerely,

Paul Cardin

AutomatedResponse, Dover District Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

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complicated or requires substantial investigation then it may take up to
10 working days to provide you with a full and accurate response.

If you have access to the Internet you may wish to see if your enquiry can
be dealt with online. The Dover District Council website
[1](http://www.dover.gov.uk) enables many forms to be completed and
payments to be made as well as providing comprehensive information about
our services.

Note: Please do not reply to this message as it is from an automated
response mailbox that is unmonitored.

Thank You.

Dover District Council.
Whitecliffs Business Park,
Whitfield, Dover, Kent.
CT16 3PJ
Tel: 01304 821199

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Paul Cardin left an annotation ()

Dover District Council were one of the quickest respondents of the 345 councils asked, taking only 3 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.

Paul Cardin left an annotation ()

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

http://easyvirtualassistance.wordpress.c...