FOI request (FOIR-126776737)
Requested Tue 25 June 2019
Responded Mon 01 July 2019
I am writing to obtain information about your organisation's spending on settlement agreements in 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19.
Please note, if your organisation has taken part in a merger with any other local authority since the relevant timeframe, please include the relevant data for that 'legacy council'.
Please include the following information:
· The total number of settlement agreements for each financial year.
· The total costs associated for each settlement agreement in each financial year. This includes, but is not limited to, a payment of salary, payment in lieu of a notice period and payment of compensation for loss of office.
A settlement agreement is a legally binding agreement between an employer and employee used to set out terms and conditions under which a contract of employment is to be terminated. The purpose is for an employee to be given a compensation package, in exchange for giving up a statutory right to make a claim at an employment tribunal.
A settlement agreement is not any exit payment which includes a statutory right to make a claim at an employment tribunal.
In addition, please exclude any settlements agreed under a mutually agreed resignation/severance scheme.
If you are unable to answer one of the questions, please continue and answer the subsequent ones. In particular, if 2018-19 data is not yet fully available, please answer to the best of your ability or omit this year from the response.
Response2016/17 - 1 - Exempt information2017/18 - 4 - £80,718.232018/19 - 1 - Exempt informationNOTICE OF REFUSALThe information requested for 2016/17 and 2018/19 is being refused as there is only 1 person for both years. It is possible that the person could be identified if this information is released therefore, is being refused under Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 'Personal Data'. This is an absolute exemption and will not be disclosed.
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