10 December 2014

Compensation of Motorists and Pedestrians

Our Reference:
2014-003

Public Authority:
Sunderland City Council

Background Information:
We were asked to enquire about the amount in compensation Sunderland City Council has paid to pedestrians and motorists, who have sustained injury or damage as a result of using the city's public highways. 

The request was placed on 8th November 2014 and the public authority provided a response on 8th December 2014, which was just within the 20 working day statutory time limit. On this occasion the public authority disclosed the requested information in full.

Request by FOI By Proxy (sent 8th November 2014):
Dear Sunderland City Council,

I am making this request under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please provide the following information for each of the last 5 calendar years (including 2014 to date):

1. The amount of money paid by Sunderland City Council to motorists to compensate them for injury/damage caused to their person/property by defects on the public highway.

2. The amount of money paid by Sunderland City Council to pedestrians to compensate them for injury/damage caused to their person/property by defects on the public highway.

In respect of point 2 above, I would expect your response to include pedestrians injured on pavements/footpaths etc. maintained by Sunderland City Council.

Many thanks for your help.

Yours faithfully,

[Name]
On behalf of FOI By Proxy

Response by Sunderland City Council (received 8th December 2014):
Sunderland City Council provided the following information in response to each point of our request:

1. The amount of money paid by Sunderland City Council to motorists to compensate them for injury/damage caused to their person/property by defects on the public highway.

2010 - £682
2011 - £1,410
2012 - £500
2013 - £1,428
2014 - £1,110 (to 3/12/14)

2. The amount of money paid by Sunderland City Council to pedestrians to compensate them for injury/damage caused to their person/property by defects on the public highway.

2010 - £83,466
2011 - £56,063
2012 - £126,045
2013 - £79,716
2014 - £94,921 (to 3/12/14)

Supporting Material:
Material supporting this request can be viewed here.

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