Sorry to hear about the bother at work. I'm an HR Manager so can't resist the chance to wade in with unsolicited suggestions, sorry :-) You should have the chance to comment on the appraisal. I did comment on my last appraisal, but my comments were perceived as me being dissatisfied with my appraisal and none of my points were agreed with .If not, you can send them a very nice and factual letter saying that you're concerned about the appraisal and outlining the positive things that you have done for them, the challenges you've had in delivering in your job (you've mentioned a few of them here), your health challenges and that you're not sleeping as a result of the appraisal. When I pointed out some of the challenges I face in my job, I was told they were of my own making and that if I did my job correctly I wouldn't have any problems. Where my health is concerned, the suggestion is that I leave if I cannot cope. Not to start anything, just for the record :-) Obviously not mentioning any problems that you have with any individual or suggesting that any individual might be to blame / less than competent, or anything else that could be used against you. Ask for a copy to be stored on your file and then ask HR for a quiet chat We have an HR person, but like the Union rep, is no help when there are problems. (I'm guessing you'll have one somewhere at the council?) Good luck and as someone else said don't let the barstewards grind you down.
This time I haven't made any comments in my defense and have only commented to point out a few mistakes. I think I need to consider taking legal advice in the near future.