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Gagging orders cost Newark and Sherwood District Council £104k between 2018 and 2019


By Abigail Hunt


Newark and Sherwood District Council spent thousands of pounds on non-disclosure agreements last year.

Between 2018 and 2019, the district council spent £104,480.50 on gagging orders, a Freedom of Information Act request has revealed.

A non-disclosure agreement is a contract by which parties agree not to speak of information shared as part of doing business together.

Newark and Sherwood District Council.
Newark and Sherwood District Council.

From 2015-16, the council spent £39,506.37 on two cases. This more than doubled in 2018-19.

Between 2016-17 council funds were used on one case that costed £41,101.78. This was the same for 2017-18, where £20,852 was spent.

A district council spokesman said: “The circumstances for this vary from case to case but may involve a dispute between the employee and employer or be a situation where it is mutually beneficial to end the employment relationship,” they said.

“Consequently we are unable to provide any further information in relation to what the agreements relate to. We can however confirm that in every case, the use of public money is a fundamental consideration.”

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