Non- disclosure agreements

How many non-disclosure agreements has the authority agreed in each of the calendar years of 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Please provide individual figures per year. Please provide reasons for the agreements being agreed where possible (e.g. 2 whistleblower complaints).

None

Please provide the total amount of financial compensation awarded as part of these agreements for the entirety of this period in £.

The figures below relate to Settlement and COT 3 agreements. None of these prevent employees from whistleblowing.

YearNumberTotal
201430£487,177.66
201532£336,329.80
201628£308,721.82
201731£406,056.71
201826£311,024.86

To provide reasons for the agreements we would have to manually review each of over one hundred and twenty cases and then take a decision about the reason. As each one would take a substantial amount of time the total time needed would be in excess of 18 hours and is therefore exempt under the Freedom of Information Act Section 12 – Cost of Compliance.