Compensation - 444/14
Dated: 18 Jun 2014
Date of request: 27/05/2014
Date of response: 18/06/2014
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 27 May 2014 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.
As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.
1. For the last financial year 2013/2014 how much money was paid to officers and civilian staff of your force as compensation for personal injuries after they brought or threatened legal action against your force? (If possible please EXCLUDE the legal fees that may have been paid in these cases so that the answer is just the compensation received by the injured parties).
2. How many individual claims did this represent?
3. For all payments in excess of £1,000 that were paid please state (i) the amount of compensation, (ii) the cost to the force of the legal fees associated with the case, (iii) if the employee was an officer, a PCSO or a member of civilian staff and (iv) a one sentence description of the nature of the claim.
Note this question relates to compensation claims paid in 2013/2014 irrespective of when the actual injury incident took place, or when the claim was lodged.
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Legal Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.
I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.
1 & 2 Three personal injury Employer's Liability claims for compensation were settled/finalised between 01/04/13 - 31/03/14 with the total amount of compensation being paid of £5,500.
|(i) Amount of Compensation||(ii) Claimants Solicitors Costs||(iii) Employee type||(iv) Nature of Claim|
|£2,500.00||£4,500.00||Police Officer||Injury to neck,shoulder,back and ring finger|
|£1,250.00||£2,773.64||Police Officer||Laceration to finger|
|£1,750.00||£5,500.00||Police Officer||Injury to knee,hip and shoulder|
Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another. Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data. For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.
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