The Vale of Glamorgan Council is having to set aside hundreds of thousands of pounds of council-taxpayers’ money to settle actual and potential claims for compensation from members of the public.
The council has been involved in a spat with the Taxpayers’ Alliance over figures quoted for compensation claims, but the Alliance is standing by the data obtained under a Freedom of Information Request which includes not only paid claims – but also claims which have yet to be settled.
Amongst them are 57 claims from people who have suffered “personal injury” or have “tripped” on pavements in the Vale of Glamorgan . The amount of money involved in these claims varies from £3,766 (at the bottom of the range ) up to as much as £32,500.
On average each personal injury/ tripping-up claim stands to cost the Vale of Glamorgan Council more than £8,000 a time .
On top of these personal injury claims there is also a plethora of claims resulting from damage caused by potholes in local roads
It appears that over the last two years the total paid – or set aside by the Vale Council to meet settlements – amounts to £502,795.