20 January 2017

Compensation Paid in Relation to Public Highways: Newcastle City Council


In the last three years Newcastle City Council has paid more than £300,000 to people claiming to have suffered loss or injury as a result of using the city's highways and walkways.

This information was revealed by Newcastle City Council in a Freedom of Information response to FOI By Proxy.

Our motivation for placing this request was two-fold. Firstly, we wanted to establish the number and value of claims paid by Newcastle City Council. Secondly, we wanted to establish the proportion of claims rejected by the Council.

Reassuringly, it would appear that Newcastle City Council scrutinises each claim carefully and protects the public purse by rejecting those without merit.

We are grateful to Newcastle City Council for providing such a timely and concise response. It took the Council less than 5 working days to provide all of the information requested, which is a very creditable performance.

The full text of our request appears below:

Public Authority:
Newcastle City Council

Their Reference Number:
FOI 11324

Request by FOI By Proxy (sent 14th January 2017):
Dear Newcastle City Council,

I am making this request in accordance with the terms of section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please provide the following information in relation to people claiming to have been injured and/or suffered loss as a result of using Council-maintained highways and walkways.

1. The total number of compensation claims made to the Council by people claiming to have suffered loss/injury as a result of using Council-maintained highways and walkways. Please provide this information for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016.
2. The total number of those claims that were settled or rejected by the Council. Please provide this information for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016.
3. In the case of settled claims, the total amount in compensation paid by the Council. Please provide this information for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016.
4. In the case of settled claims, the value of the highest individual compensation payment made by the Council and, if possible, a brief description of the circumstances of the claim. Please provide this information for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016.

I would really like some of this information, so in the event that the Council thinks my request will exceed the appropriate cost limits, please only provide information relating to the year 2016.

In accordance with section 11 of the Act, please provide your response in electronic format to the return email address associated with this request.

Many thanks for your assistance.

Yours faithfully,

[Name]
On behalf of FOI By Proxy


Response by Newcastle City Council (received 20th January 2017):
Newcastle City Council provided the following response:

1. The total number of compensation claims made to the Council:
  • 2014: 220 claims.
  • 2015: 213 claims.
  • 2016: 125 claims.
2. The number of those claims settled or rejected:
  • 2014: 47 claims settled; 146 claims rejected.
  • 2015: 49 claims settled; 119 claims rejected.
  • 2016: 17 claims settled; 17 claims rejected.
(Note: These figures do not include any claims that are still pending or have been abandoned, hence the reason they do not add up to the totals disclosed in response to point 1).

3.  The total amount of compensation paid in relation to settled claims:
  • 2014: £164,558.61.
  • 2015: £136,555.50.
  • 2016: £10,565.43.
4. The value of the highest individual compensation payment made and the circumstances surrounding the claim.
  • 2014: £25,000 (claim reference M14/205). The claim was paid to a person injured when they fell on a sunken paving stone in a grass verge.
  • 2015: £18,000 (claim reference M15/23). The claim was paid to a person injured when they fell due to rutting on the carriageway.
  • 2016: £3,287 (claim reference M16/101). The claim was paid to a person injured when they fell due to uneven flagstones on a footway.
Supporting Material:
You can view Newcastle City Council's email of response here.

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