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Settlement agreements (2018)

Request

In June 2018 a news article was released with regards to Westminster employees being paid £2.4 million of taxpayers money in gagging orders.
Would you please kindly tell me how much each individual was paid and the reason the money was paid to the employees?

 

Response

  1. Would you please kindly tell me how much each individual was paid?
    This information is held by the House of Commons. The figure of £2.4 million that was published in news articles refers to payments for the period between 2013 and 2017.
    The list of the 49 individuals who received payments pursuant to settlement agreements containing confidentiality clauses during this period.
  2. The reason the money was paid to the employees?
    These payments were made as part of settlement agreements, including COT3 agreements brokered by ACAS as part of an employment tribunal claim. Further details about the reasons why this money was paid is not held by the House of Commons because these agreements are not categorised according to the reasons they are made. A series of factors are considered in these business cases and a settlement agreement is often reached in cases in which the organisation and the individual do not agree on what the issue is.