The University of York has paid out £500,000 on gagging clauses in contracts, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

York Nouse student newspaper report:

The University has spent nearly half a million pounds on controversial gagging orders, known in legal terms as agreements containing confidentiality clauses.

Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, reveal that the University has issued 26 compromise agreements, all containing confidentiality clauses, since 2007.

The total cost of signing the orders was £479,464, and the highest amount paid out to any individual was £42,000.

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