Sutton Council pays out nearly £1.5m in compensation between 2010 and 2014

Sutton Council needs to make cuts to shrink its annual budget by £40m

Sutton Council needs to make cuts to shrink its annual budget by £40m

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The Sutton Guardian can exclusively reveal the council has paid out nearly £1.5m in compensation over the last four years.

Figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request show Sutton Council’s annual payout to claimants every year since 2010.

The council is having to make cuts to shave £40m off its £152m annual budget, but the numbers show they are consistently paying out between £300,000 and £400,000 a year in compensation.

From 2010 to 2011 £317,115.11 was paid out, with the figure rising to £361,313.97 the following year.

From 2012 to 2013 the council had to pay £383,627.44, which fell to £378,153.04 for last year.

A Sutton Council spokesman said: “Each claim for compensation is investigated by the council’s insurance specialists along with the relevant teams involved.

"The council handles its claims in line with the Ministry of Justice guidelines and only provides compensation to claimants when legally liable to do so.

"We take these investigations extremely seriously and in the vast majority of cases the council is found to be not liable and no compensation is offered.”

The total amount the council have paid out since 2010 comes to £1,440,249.56.

The money would have been paid out to council staff and members of the public, for things such as personal injury claims and insurance claims on vehicle damage.

Have you been paid compensation by Sutton Council? What happened and how much did you receive? Call the news desk on 0208 722 6358, or email tom.gillespie@london.newsquest.co.uk 

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6:19pm Mon 4 Aug 14

ResidentTony says...

is this boring statistic news? Who cares.
is this boring statistic news? Who cares. ResidentTony
  • Score: -5

9:35pm Mon 4 Aug 14

adrianshort says...

ResidentTony wrote:
is this boring statistic news? Who cares.
I do. Potentially it's an area where savings could be made, both by reducing the incidents that lead to claims and more robustly defending claims themselves.

I'd like more boring statistics on how this compares with other boroughs, normalised by population.
[quote][p][bold]ResidentTony[/bold] wrote: is this boring statistic news? Who cares.[/p][/quote]I do. Potentially it's an area where savings could be made, both by reducing the incidents that lead to claims and more robustly defending claims themselves. I'd like more boring statistics on how this compares with other boroughs, normalised by population. adrianshort
  • Score: 10

10:45pm Mon 4 Aug 14

ResidentTony says...

adrianshort wrote:
ResidentTony wrote:
is this boring statistic news? Who cares.
I do. Potentially it's an area where savings could be made, both by reducing the incidents that lead to claims and more robustly defending claims themselves.

I'd like more boring statistics on how this compares with other boroughs, normalised by population.
of course savings could POTENTIALLY be made.... but could they actually be? In life things can occasionally go wrong, and, if there is human error, the victims should be properly compensated.
[quote][p][bold]adrianshort[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ResidentTony[/bold] wrote: is this boring statistic news? Who cares.[/p][/quote]I do. Potentially it's an area where savings could be made, both by reducing the incidents that lead to claims and more robustly defending claims themselves. I'd like more boring statistics on how this compares with other boroughs, normalised by population.[/p][/quote]of course savings could POTENTIALLY be made.... but could they actually be? In life things can occasionally go wrong, and, if there is human error, the victims should be properly compensated. ResidentTony
  • Score: 3

8:37am Tue 5 Aug 14

adrianshort says...

ResidentTony wrote:
adrianshort wrote:
ResidentTony wrote:
is this boring statistic news? Who cares.
I do. Potentially it's an area where savings could be made, both by reducing the incidents that lead to claims and more robustly defending claims themselves.

I'd like more boring statistics on how this compares with other boroughs, normalised by population.
of course savings could POTENTIALLY be made.... but could they actually be? In life things can occasionally go wrong, and, if there is human error, the victims should be properly compensated.
Sure. But there are certainly organisations who pay far more compensation than they need to. So having this data is the first step to finding out whether Sutton Council is one of them, isn't it?
[quote][p][bold]ResidentTony[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]adrianshort[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ResidentTony[/bold] wrote: is this boring statistic news? Who cares.[/p][/quote]I do. Potentially it's an area where savings could be made, both by reducing the incidents that lead to claims and more robustly defending claims themselves. I'd like more boring statistics on how this compares with other boroughs, normalised by population.[/p][/quote]of course savings could POTENTIALLY be made.... but could they actually be? In life things can occasionally go wrong, and, if there is human error, the victims should be properly compensated.[/p][/quote]Sure. But there are certainly organisations who pay far more compensation than they need to. So having this data is the first step to finding out whether Sutton Council is one of them, isn't it? adrianshort
  • Score: 4

8:37am Tue 5 Aug 14

adrianshort says...

ResidentTony wrote:
adrianshort wrote:
ResidentTony wrote:
is this boring statistic news? Who cares.
I do. Potentially it's an area where savings could be made, both by reducing the incidents that lead to claims and more robustly defending claims themselves.

I'd like more boring statistics on how this compares with other boroughs, normalised by population.
of course savings could POTENTIALLY be made.... but could they actually be? In life things can occasionally go wrong, and, if there is human error, the victims should be properly compensated.
Sure. But there are certainly organisations who pay far more compensation than they need to. So having this data is the first step to finding out whether Sutton Council is one of them, isn't it?
[quote][p][bold]ResidentTony[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]adrianshort[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ResidentTony[/bold] wrote: is this boring statistic news? Who cares.[/p][/quote]I do. Potentially it's an area where savings could be made, both by reducing the incidents that lead to claims and more robustly defending claims themselves. I'd like more boring statistics on how this compares with other boroughs, normalised by population.[/p][/quote]of course savings could POTENTIALLY be made.... but could they actually be? In life things can occasionally go wrong, and, if there is human error, the victims should be properly compensated.[/p][/quote]Sure. But there are certainly organisations who pay far more compensation than they need to. So having this data is the first step to finding out whether Sutton Council is one of them, isn't it? adrianshort
  • Score: 0

4:03pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Niki R says...

I'm wondering how many more claims will be paid after the repairs shambles Sutton Housing Partnership has inflicted on residents. How many more will be paid as a result of trips, falls and damage to cars from the damaged roads and pavements left behind by Council contractors? How much will the Council's incompetency in dealing with problems before someone is hurt cost us?
I'm wondering how many more claims will be paid after the repairs shambles Sutton Housing Partnership has inflicted on residents. How many more will be paid as a result of trips, falls and damage to cars from the damaged roads and pavements left behind by Council contractors? How much will the Council's incompetency in dealing with problems before someone is hurt cost us? Niki R
  • Score: -1

12:10pm Wed 6 Aug 14

ResidentTony says...

the annual compensation sum is about 0.25% of the council's annual budget; some will think that isn't much, others will say every little counts. I can't believe I am still writing about this boring topic...
the annual compensation sum is about 0.25% of the council's annual budget; some will think that isn't much, others will say every little counts. I can't believe I am still writing about this boring topic... ResidentTony
  • Score: 0

12:19pm Wed 6 Aug 14

adrianshort says...

You say "0.25% of the budget". I say "enough money to hire five new teachers".
You say "0.25% of the budget". I say "enough money to hire five new teachers". adrianshort
  • Score: 2

12:56pm Wed 6 Aug 14

ResidentTony says...

it would only be enough for five teachers if no compensation were paid at all. You are just about the only person in Sutton who seems to care about this non-story.
it would only be enough for five teachers if no compensation were paid at all. You are just about the only person in Sutton who seems to care about this non-story. ResidentTony
  • Score: -1

1:03pm Wed 6 Aug 14

LiberalsOut says...

ResidentTony wrote:
the annual compensation sum is about 0.25% of the council's annual budget; some will think that isn't much, others will say every little counts. I can't believe I am still writing about this boring topic...
Well dont then
[quote][p][bold]ResidentTony[/bold] wrote: the annual compensation sum is about 0.25% of the council's annual budget; some will think that isn't much, others will say every little counts. I can't believe I am still writing about this boring topic...[/p][/quote]Well dont then LiberalsOut
  • Score: -2

3:10pm Wed 6 Aug 14

adrianshort says...

ResidentTony wrote:
it would only be enough for five teachers if no compensation were paid at all. You are just about the only person in Sutton who seems to care about this non-story.
My point is that it's a non-trivial amount of money in total, not pocket change. And if you could reduce compensation payments by 20% it'd be enough to hire another teacher.

Is that possible? Who knows. But by keeping track of the figures we've got a place to start to find out.
[quote][p][bold]ResidentTony[/bold] wrote: it would only be enough for five teachers if no compensation were paid at all. You are just about the only person in Sutton who seems to care about this non-story.[/p][/quote]My point is that it's a non-trivial amount of money in total, not pocket change. And if you could reduce compensation payments by 20% it'd be enough to hire another teacher. Is that possible? Who knows. But by keeping track of the figures we've got a place to start to find out. adrianshort
  • Score: 1

3:10pm Wed 6 Aug 14

adrianshort says...

ResidentTony wrote:
it would only be enough for five teachers if no compensation were paid at all. You are just about the only person in Sutton who seems to care about this non-story.
My point is that it's a non-trivial amount of money in total, not pocket change. And if you could reduce compensation payments by 20% it'd be enough to hire another teacher.

Is that possible? Who knows. But by keeping track of the figures we've got a place to start to find out.
[quote][p][bold]ResidentTony[/bold] wrote: it would only be enough for five teachers if no compensation were paid at all. You are just about the only person in Sutton who seems to care about this non-story.[/p][/quote]My point is that it's a non-trivial amount of money in total, not pocket change. And if you could reduce compensation payments by 20% it'd be enough to hire another teacher. Is that possible? Who knows. But by keeping track of the figures we've got a place to start to find out. adrianshort
  • Score: 1

4:58pm Thu 7 Aug 14

CallMeAlf says...

My goodness! I rather suspect curbs on no-win-no-fee compensation lawyers -especially those advertising on TV - would have a greater impact. We live in a litigious society now. Not the council's fault.
My goodness! I rather suspect curbs on no-win-no-fee compensation lawyers -especially those advertising on TV - would have a greater impact. We live in a litigious society now. Not the council's fault. CallMeAlf
  • Score: 0

8:45pm Thu 7 Aug 14

ResidentTony says...

CallMeAlf wrote:
My goodness! I rather suspect curbs on no-win-no-fee compensation lawyers -especially those advertising on TV - would have a greater impact. We live in a litigious society now. Not the council's fault.
Here, here! The council is always guilty until proved innocent on these pages, which I find irritating.
[quote][p][bold]CallMeAlf[/bold] wrote: My goodness! I rather suspect curbs on no-win-no-fee compensation lawyers -especially those advertising on TV - would have a greater impact. We live in a litigious society now. Not the council's fault.[/p][/quote]Here, here! The council is always guilty until proved innocent on these pages, which I find irritating. ResidentTony
  • Score: -1

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