Dear City of Edinburgh Council,

I would like to know

1. How many employees of the city council have been absent from work due to either stress, anxiety, depression or any combination of those ailments between 1st September 2009 and 31st July 2011.

2. How many complaints of bullying have been made by employees of the council against managers or colleagues during the same period.

I would ask that you remember the statutory duty imposed upon public authorities by virtue of Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act to provide advice and assistance to requesters. If for any reason you are leaning toward rejecting any part of this request or if you plan to argue that it is unmanageable or unanswerable in any way then I would expect you to contact me promptly to find ways to answer this request to our mutual satisfaction.

Yours faithfully,

Christine Love

Freedom of Information, City of Edinburgh Council

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Children & Families FOI, City of Edinburgh Council

Dear Ms Love

Subject: Work place bullying

Thank you for your request for information received on 08 August 2011.
Your request is being dealt with under the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act 2002.

You will receive the information requested within 20 working days unless
the Council does not hold the information, or there is a reason for it to
be withheld. We will write to you in any event.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case we will
let you know. A fees notice will be issued to you, and you will be
required to pay before we will deal with your request.

If you have any requirements regarding the format any information should
be supplied in, e.g. the language to be used, audio, large print and so
on, then please let me know.

If you have any queries or concerns, do not hesitate to get in touch.
Please remember to quote the RFI reference number above in any future
communications.

Your right to seek a review

If you are unhappy with the way we have dealt with your request, you can
ask us to review our actions and decisions by writing to the Head of Legal
and Administrative Services, The City of Edinburgh Council, Waverley Court
Business Centre 3:1, 4, East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG or email:
[Edinburgh City Council request email]

Please note that your request must be in a recordable format (email,
letter, audio tape etc.), and that you have 40 working days upon receipt
of this letter to ask for a review. You will receive a full response to
your review request within 20 working days of its receipt. Please remember
to quote the RFI reference number above in any future communications.

If you are not content with the outcome of the review, you can ask the
Scottish Information Commissioner to review our decision. You must submit
your complaint to the Commissioner within 6 months of receiving our review
response. The Commissioner can be contacted at:

The Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner
Kinburn Castle
Doubledykes Road
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9DS
Telephone: 01334 464610
Fax: 01334 464611
Website www.itspublicknowledge.info
E-mail: [email address]

Further information about your rights and accessing information is
available on our website at: www.edinburgh.gov.uk

Yours sincerely

Aimi Richmond
Freedom of Information Officer

Access to Information - Central Unit
Level 3:1, Waverley Court, Edinburgh EH8 8BG Tel 0131 200 2340 Fax 529
3603
[Edinburgh City Council request email] www.edinburgh.gov.uk

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Lorraine Davidson, City of Edinburgh Council

Dear Ms Love

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 - Request for Information

Thank you for your request for information which has been dealt with under
the terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Your request
for information has been considered and the information is provided below.

Q1. How many employees of the city council have been absent from work due
to stress, anxiety, depression or any combination of these ailments
between 1 September 2009 to 31 July 2011.

For the period 1 September 2009 to 31 July 2011, there have been 1686
employees within the City of Edinburgh Council where the reason recorded
for their absence was stress, depression and mental health and fatigue
symptoms.

The number of employees who have been absent in the period outlined,
represents 8.43% of the total Council workforce of approximately 20,000
employees.

Q2. How many complaints of bullying have been made by employees of the
Council against Managers/colleagues during the same period?

There have been nine cases where bullying has been the reason cited
against Managers and colleagues for the period 1 September 2009 to 31 July
2011.

Your right to seek a review

If you are unhappy with the way we have dealt with your request, you can
ask us to review our actions and decisions by writing to the Head of Legal
and Administrative Services, The City of Edinburgh Council, Waverley Court
Business Centre 3:1, 4, East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG or email:
[1][Edinburgh City Council request email]

Please note that your request must be in a recordable format (email,
letter, audio tape etc.), and that you have 40 working days upon receipt
of this letter to ask for a review. You will receive a full response to
your review request within 20 working days of its receipt. Please remember
to quote the RFI reference number above in any future communications.

If you are not content with the outcome of the review, you can ask the
Scottish Information Commissioner to review our decision. You must submit
your complaint to the Commissioner within 6 months of receiving our review
response. The Commissioner can be contacted at:

The Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner

Kinburn Castle

Doubledykes Road

St Andrews

Fife

KY16 9DS

Telephone: 01334 464610

Fax: 01334 464611

Website [2]www.itspublicknowledge.info
<[3]http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/>

E-mail: [email address]

Yours sincerely,

Lorraine Davidson

Corporate Services FOI Officer

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Dear Lorraine Davidson,

Thank you for providing me with the information I requested. Out of the 1686 employees who were absent from work with the recorded reason of stress, depression and mental health and fatigue symptoms, how many of these were

1. Administrative staff
2. Social Workers

within Children and Families.

Of the 9 employees where bullying has been the reason cited against Managers and colleagues how many were

1. Administrative staff
2. Social Workers

within Children and Families.

The period is 1 September 2009 to 31 July 2011.

Yours sincerely,

Christine Love

Freedom of Information, City of Edinburgh Council

Dear Ms Love

Subject: Absent from Work within Children and Families

Thank you for your request for information received on 06 September 2011.
Your request is being dealt with under the Environmental Information
(Scotland) Regulations 2004.

You will receive the information requested within 20 working days unless
the Council does not hold the information, or there is a reason for it to
be withheld.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case we will
let you know. A fees notice will be issued to you, and you will be
required to pay before we will deal with your request.

If you have any requirements regarding the format any information should
be supplied in, e.g. the language to be used, audio, large print and so
on, then please let us know.

If you have any queries or concerns, do not hesitate to get in touch.
Please remember to quote the above reference number above in any future
communications.

Your right to seek a review

If you are unhappy with the way we have dealt with your request, you can
ask us to review our actions and decisions by writing to the Head of Legal
and Administrative Services, The City of Edinburgh Council, Waverley Court
Business Centre 3:1, 4, East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG or email:
[Edinburgh City Council request email]

Please note that your request must be in a recordable format (email,
letter, audio tape etc.), and that you have 40 working days upon receipt
of this letter to ask for a review. You will receive a full response to
your review request within 20 working days of its receipt. Please remember
to quote the above reference number above in any future communications.

If you are not content with the outcome of the review, you can ask the
Scottish Information Commissioner to review our decision. You must submit
your complaint to the Commissioner within 6 months of receiving our review
response. The Commissioner can be contacted at:

The Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner
Kinburn Castle
Doubledykes Road
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9DS
Telephone: 01334 464610
Fax: 01334 464611
Website www.itspublicknowledge.info
E-mail: [email address]

Further information about your rights and accessing information is
available on our website at: www.edinburgh.gov.uk

Yours sincerely

Karen Blair
Admin Assistant

Access to Information - Central Unit
Level 3:1, Waverley Court, Edinburgh EH8 8BG Tel 0131 200 2340 Fax 529
3603
[Edinburgh City Council request email] www.edinburgh.gov.uk

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Karen Blair, City of Edinburgh Council

Dear Ms Love

I do apologise for the confusion caused I sent the wrong acknowledgement
out. There will be a new FOI acknowledgement sent out to you shortly.

Regards

Karen Blair
Admin Assistant

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Freedom of Information, City of Edinburgh Council

Dear Ms Love

Subject: Absent from Work within Children and Families

Thank you for your request for information received on 06 September 2011.
Your request is being dealt with under the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act 2002.

You will receive the information requested within 20 working days unless
the Council does not hold the information, or there is a reason for it to
be withheld. We will write to you in any event.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case we will
let you know. A fees notice will be issued to you, and you will be
required to pay before we will deal with your request.

If you have any requirements regarding the format any information should
be supplied in, e.g. the language to be used, audio, large print and so
on, then please let me know.

If you have any queries or concerns, do not hesitate to get in touch.
Please remember to quote the RFI reference number above in any future
communications.

Your right to seek a review

If you are unhappy with the way we have dealt with your request, you can
ask us to review our actions and decisions by writing to the Head of Legal
and Administrative Services, The City of Edinburgh Council, Waverley Court
Business Centre 3:1, 4, East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG or email:
[Edinburgh City Council request email]

Please note that your request must be in a recordable format (email,
letter, audio tape etc.), and that you have 40 working days upon receipt
of this letter to ask for a review. You will receive a full response to
your review request within 20 working days of its receipt. Please remember
to quote the RFI reference number above in any future communications.

If you are not content with the outcome of the review, you can ask the
Scottish Information Commissioner to review our decision. You must submit
your complaint to the Commissioner within 6 months of receiving our review
response. The Commissioner can be contacted at:

The Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner
Kinburn Castle
Doubledykes Road
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9DS
Telephone: 01334 464610
Fax: 01334 464611
Website www.itspublicknowledge.info
E-mail: [email address]

Further information about your rights and accessing information is
available on our website at: www.edinburgh.gov.uk

Yours sincerely

Karen Blair
Admin Assistant

Access to Information - Central Unit
Level 3:1, Waverley Court, Edinburgh EH8 8BG Tel 0131 200 2340 Fax 529
3603
[Edinburgh City Council request email] www.edinburgh.gov.uk

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Christine Love left an annotation ()

It appears as if the CEC has delayed in responding to my original request but they haven't. I submitted a follow up request asking for the information received to be broken down into the number of staff affected within Children and Families. This request is being dealt with. Apologies for any confusion.

Children & Families FOI, City of Edinburgh Council

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Dear Ms Love

Subject: Absent from Work within Children and Families

 Thank you for your request for information which has been dealt with
under the terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Your
request for information has been considered and the information is
attached.

Your right to seek a review

If you are unhappy with the way we have dealt with your request, you can
ask us to review our actions and decisions by writing to the Head of Legal
and Administrative Services, The City of Edinburgh Council, Waverley Court
Business Centre 2:1, 4, East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG or email:
[Edinburgh City Council request email]

Please note that your request must be in a recordable format (email,
letter, audio tape etc.), and that you have 40 working days upon receipt
of this letter to ask for a review. You will receive a full response to
your review request within 20 working days of its receipt. Please remember
to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

If you are not content with the outcome of the review, you can ask the
Scottish Information Commissioner to review our decision. You must submit
your complaint to the Commissioner within 6 months of receiving our review
response. The Commissioner can be contacted at:

The Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner
Kinburn Castle
Doubledykes Road
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9DS
Telephone: 01334 464610
Fax: 01334 464611
Website www.itspublicknowledge.info
E-mail: [email address]

Yours sincerely

Aimi Richmond
Freedom of Information Officer

Access to Information – Central Unit
Level 2:1, Waverley Court, Edinburgh EH8 8BG Tel 0131 200 2340 Fax 529
3603
[Edinburgh City Council request email]  www.edinburgh.gov.uk

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Dear Children & Families FOI,

Many thanks for your response to my enquiry Absent from work within Children and Families.

Yours sincerely,

Christine Love

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