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Posted - 13/02/2016 :  12:24:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nearly £200k has been paid out by Blaenau Gwent Council in compensation claims over the last two years
Source: WalesOnline

A Freedom of Information request by the Taxpayers' Alliance revealed the figures from 2013/14 and 2014/15

Nearly £200,000 has been paid out by Blaenau Gwent Council in compensation claims over the last two years, according to the Taxpayers’ Alliance.

The think tank published research on Thursday, January 21, which revealed more than £4m has been paid out by Welsh local authorities over two years.

Nearly £200k has been paid out by Blaenau Gwent Council in compensation claims over the last two years

A Freedom of Information request by the Taxpayers' Alliance revealed the figures from 2013/14 and 2014/15

Nearly £200,000 has been paid out by Blaenau Gwent Council in compensation claims over the last two years, according to the Taxpayers’ Alliance.

The think tank published research on Thursday, January 21, which revealed more than £4m has been paid out by Welsh local authorities over two years.

The Freedom of Information requests by the Taxpayers’ Alliance revealed a total of £197,784 had been paid out (£163,064 in 2013/14 and £34,720 in 2014/15) by Blaenau Gwent Council.

The compensation claims paid out by the council over the last two years include a claimant tripping over a kerb (£40,290), an injury while at a sports centre (£21,942), tripping around the edge of a manhole cover (£13,818) and slipping on ice and falling to the floor (£11,131).


Others over the last two financial years involved an “unstable wall allegedly caused by the council-owned adjoining land being overgrown with Japanese knotweed” (£4,927), a wall collapsing on a car (£1,905) and the downstairs of a property flooding due to trees blocking the culvert (£1,735).

Bins were also part of the reasons for compensation claims.
Someone had a wooden bench collapse underneath them

One incident when “high winds blew a bin into (a) claimant’s vehicle causing damage to bodywork” cost £494 and the recycling team emptied recycling bins but didn’t reapply the braking system which then due to high winds blew into (a) claimant’s vehicle, costing £120.

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Claims from last year included a wooden bench collapsing under a claimant (£6,643), a “claimant’s right toe caught the edge of the defect, causing her to fall to the ground” (£13,608) and a claimant who is only described as being injured in the playground.
'The compensation culture is costing taxpayers dear'

Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the Taxpayers’’ Alliance, said: “The compensation culture is costing taxpayers dear and every pound spent on settlements or higher insurance premiums is a pound that isn’t spent on essential services such as road maintenance or social care.

“Of course, some of the payments made by councils will be entirely justified, as the most serious accidents can change lives.

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“But in many cases, local authorities and their staff will be failing to live up to the standards required of them by law or paying out on frivolous claims too easily.

“Councils must do everything they can to ensure their mistakes and negligence don’t result in such large bills for hard-pressed taxpayers – and take appropriate action against staff whose actions result in costly claims.
'The council respects the right of people to make a claim where they deem necessary'

“We must also root out those who are playing the system with spurious demands for taxpayers’ cash.”

A spokeswoman for Blaenau Gwent Council said: “The council respects the right of people to make a claim where they deem necessary. Each individual claim is treated on its own merit and fully investigated by our insurance team using our internal procedures.”


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Twice in the last year I have broken a bone by falling at work. Once was going up a staircase which had a notice for staff use only because it was deemed too dangerous to be used by the public, and the second time I tripped over a chair. Neither time did I claim compensation. It is my view that if you trip or fall then its an accident! These things happen, its part of life, there is not always someone to blame! The very people that claim compensation and take needless money from the council are the very ones that then complain when the council has to make cutbacks. Just accept that you fell over, dust yourself off and get on with life!
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