Disclosure Details

Compensation - 200/14

Dated: 12 Mar 2014

Date of request:    26/02/2014

Date of response:  12/03/2014

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated  26 February 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.

You asked: 

  1. The number of compensation settlements paid by your force to members of the public annually from 2010 to 2013, and if possible to have the number each year

  2. The total sum paid in compensation to members of the public annually by your force from 2010 to 2013, and if possible to have the amount spent each year

  3. Please list the top 10 most common reasons for which compensation was given over the last 3 years

In response:

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. There have been 116 Public Liability civil claims settled within the period 01/01/10 - 31/12/13.  The number for each year are as follows:-

2010 - 31
2011 - 48
2012 - 17
2013 - 20

2. The total sum paid in compensation for the 116 Public Liability civil claims settled within the period 01/01/10 - 31/12/13 was £265,155.85.  This is broken down as follows:-

2010 - £107,157.26
2011 - £124,648.31
2012 - £11,799.48
2013 - £21,550.80

3. We have taken Question 3 to mean the type of incident for which compensation was paid in relation to the Public Liability civil claims that were settled within the last 3 years - 01/01/11 - 31/12/13.

The most common reasons (with a result of more than one) are as follows

Unlawful Arrest
Loss of Property
Damage to Property (Buildings)
Damage to Vehicle
False Imprisonment
Damage to Door

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.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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