Compromise agreement is private

A decision by the Information Commissioner, that a local authority was right not to disclose details of the compromise agreement of a former employee, has been upheld by the First-Tier Tribunal. It was found that the requested information fell within the exemption in the Freedom of Information Act and that there was no public interest despite the fact that the employee was a senior decision-maker in a public-facing role. He had a reasonable expectation of privacy in the terms of his departure which outweighed the local authority’s duty to be accountable for spending public money.

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