Compensation claims for last 3 years – 19033

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Ref: FOI/19033

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 12th March 2019

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

In the last three financial years (2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18) please provide me with (a) the number of settlements and (b) the total amount paid by the force as compensation to fire service personnel for injuries sustained while at work or as a result of their work duties. (c) Provide if possible a breakdown of the legal costs to the fire service associated with these claims.

  1. For each payout that resulted in compensation of more than £5,000 being paid please provide me with (i) the amount of compensation, (ii) the costs associated with the claim and (iii) a one sentence summary of the nature of the successful claim against your service.

Note: The question relates to payments made in (2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18) regardless of when the incident took place or when the claim was lodged. If the settlement was made by your service’s insurers it is still information “held” by your authority under the terms of the Act.

Reply

Please see attached spreadsheet for details of the amounts spent.

Compensation claims last 3 years 1.0 Download

Due to the relatively small number of claims within the years that you have requested in order to protect the identity of the data subjects we have undertaken the following:

  • Provided information arrange of payments
  • Categorisation of the nature of the injury into three categories, Training, Operational or Other.

Request

  1. (ii) the costs associated with the claim

Reply

This information is exempt under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as this information is reasonably accessible to the requestor. Information concerning the costs associated with the claim can be found on West Midlands Fire Service website at the following link:

https://www.wmfs.net/your-fire-service/openness/documents/

Please download the spreadsheet, use the filter option on column “CIPFA detailed expenditure type”  and under “Ins-Insurance Claim Payments-Liabilities” you find the associated cost.

If you have any queries about this freedom of information request, please contact us.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

For service complaints, issues or comments regarding this request please contact The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

Further information concerning Freedom of Information requests can be found on the Information Commissioner website at either the following link: https://ico.org.uk/ or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.

 

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