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Sheffield council faces huge compensation bill

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A child scarred in a playground, injuries caused by a bollard and damage from loose road chippings are just a few of the £16 million worth of compensation claims made to Sheffield Council in the past five years.

Some 3,145 legal claims have been launched against the council from 2008 to 2013, totalling £16,597,294, for personal injury, property and car damage, and loss of earnings.

The total value of claims paid out stands at £1.6m, The Star’s Your Right To Know campaign can reveal – with more still outstanding.

Claims paid out on, or outstanding, include £7,500 for scarring sustained in a children’s playground, £5,000 for a burn from defective machinery, and £2,561 across 13 claims for ‘damage by a mower operative’.

Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for Streetscene at Sheffield Council, said: “We thoroughly investigate all claims to determine liability.”

 

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