£115M of payouts covered by gagging orders

In the past 3 years councils have signed compromise agreements worth over £115m. The majority contain confidentiality clauses or “gagging orders” that prevent the employee involved from “blowing the whistle”  on poor practice and wrongdoing in their organisations and from revealing anything derogatory about their former employer.

This revelation has reignited concerns about the use of such clauses which critics say prevent legitimate concerns about organisations being made public.