Stoke-on-Trent City Council has paid compensation totalling over £363,000 pounds in the space of just one year.
Figures reported in The Sentinel highlight that 86 compensation claims were successfully made against the authority in the reporting period between 2011 and 2012. This resulted in £363,173 being paid out in total to the injured parties. This figure does not include legal fees which would be due on top of this figure.
The biggest claim of the period saw the claimant receive £45,000 in compensation.
In the previous yearly reporting period between 2010 and 2011, a total of £1.7million was paid in compensation – including legal fees – by the council. This figure highlights that the compensation bill for the authority has actually fallen in the last year.
A spokesperson for Stoke-on-Trent City Council told the paper that they take a defensive stance against all claims that they believe are unjustified. They also stated that they work with their insurance company to ensure that the amount paid in legal fees is minimised.
It is reported that the authority spent £291,422 on its own legal fees in cases that they did not end up successfully defending in 2011/12.