SOAS University of London

Compromise agreements

Disclosure date: 10 June 2013

Reference: FOI2013/044

Request

1) The number of compromise agreements made with former or current staff from the start of 2007-2013 (so far).

2) The number of these agreements that contain confidentiality clauses.

3) The total amount spent on compromise agreements or total amount paid to those who have signed them.

4) The most paid to an individual who has signed a compromise agreement, and the most paid to an individual who has signed one with a confidentiality clause.

5) Could the number of compromise agreements signed, and cost be broken down to each year, for example 5 agreements in 2008 at a cost of 50k and whether they are with former or current staff.

6) The names of the staff that signed compromise agreements, what department they were in and the reasons for it.

SOAS takes the view that the names and departments of staff that signed compromise agreements are exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. Specifically, the exemption that applies is the exemption for personal information at section 40(2) of the Act. Full details are provided in the annex below. Detailed reasons would be exempt for the same reason as they might allow individuals to be identified from circumstances. However, using HMRC’s broad categories relating to the ending of contracts of employment using a compromise agreement, 13 were ended due to early retirement and 28 were ended through voluntary severance.

Response

1) There have been 41 compromise agreements made with former or current staff during this period.

2) All compromise agreements contain confidentiality clauses.

3) £1,005,980 has been paid in compensation to the 41 individuals for loss of office.

4) The most paid to one individual is £72,552.

5) 

2008       0
2009       10 signed. Combined compensation paid for loss of office: £307,934.
2010       10 signed. Combined compensation paid for loss of office: £188,242
2011       5 signed. Combined compensation paid for loss of office: £110,824
2012       14 signed. Combined compensation paid for loss of office: £382,386
2013       2 signed. Combined compensation paid for loss of office: £16,594

Total 41 signed. Combined compensation paid for loss of office: £1,005,980

6) SOAS takes the view that the names and departments of staff that signed compromise agreements are exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. Specifically, the exemption that applies is the exemption for personal information at section 40(2) of the Act. Full details are provided in the annex below. Detailed reasons would be exempt for the same reason as they might allow individuals to be identified from circumstances. However, using HMRC’s broad categories relating to the ending of contracts of employment using a compromise agreement, 13 were ended due to early retirement and 28 were ended through voluntary severance.