East Yorks councils pay out £600K in compensation

Published: Thursday 21st January 2016 by The News Editor

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East Yorkshire local authorities have had to pay out hundreds of thousands of pounds for compensation claims, new statistics reveal.

The figures relate to the last two years with Hull paying over £500,000 and East Riding about £100,000.

Taxpayers’ Alliance (TPA) data shows that one “footway defect” alone cost Hull £37,386 – the largest award in this period.

Other reasons for payouts included floods, fallen tress and “PE activity”.

East Riding’s biggest bill came after a tree damaged a property.

Local councils across the country shelled out a combined £100 million-plus during this timespan.

TPA chief executive Jonathan Isaby 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.

“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.”

Copyright Press Association 2016

Published: Thursday 21st January 2016 by The News Editor

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