NDA's

Reference: 

909

Request detail: 

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please send me:

A) How many non-disclosure agreements has your fire and rescue service agreed in each of the calendar years of, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 (as much info as possible)? Please provide individual figures per year. Please also provide reasons for the agreements being agreed where possible (e.g. 2 whistleblower complaints). Please provide the total number of NDAs but also the different types of NDA agreements (e.g. whistleblower complaint/ / sexual harassment complaint etc.). Please make clear if the agreements concern commercial companies rather than employees. As this figure is less than 10 we are unable to provide the exact number as it may be identifiable to individuals 

B) Please provide the total amount of financial compensation awarded as part of these agreements for the entirety of this period in £. The total sum of payments made for compromise eg. Along with a breakdown of the money paid out each year. 

I would like the above information to be provided to me as electronic copies.

Response detail: 

This information is withheld under section 40 (2) of the FOI Act 2000 as disclosure would breach the first principle of the GDPR and also the Data Protection Act.  Because of the low number of claims, if these and the reasons given for the agreements were provided it would be possible to identify an individual, using additional information already in the public domain and disclosure of the information may cause damage and distress to the individuals involved so would therefore be unfair to disclose it and contravene GDPR principle (a). Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 is absolute in its nature and supports this decision therefore this does not require a public interest test.

 

The total amount of financial compensation awarded for the period 2015-2019 calendar years is £1,108.58. A breakdown of the money paid out each year is withheld under Section 40 (2) of the FOI Act 2000 as disclosure would breach the first principle of the GDPR and also the Data Protection Act because of the very low number of claims it may be possible for an individual to be identified using information already in the public domain.   

 

If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been handled, you can request an internal review by writing to Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dave Myers, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, St Michael’s Street, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 2HJ.

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at:

The Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Telephone: 08456 30 60 60 or 01625 54 57 45 Website: www.ico.gov.uk

 

Information Released: 

Partial

Received: 

Monday, 13 May, 2019

Responded: 

Tuesday, 11 June, 2019

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