New research from the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has shown that, across Great Britain over the last two years, over £100m has been paid out in compensation claims against local authorities.
Of the £100m, nearly eight million was paid out in claims related to potholes over 2013-2014 and 2014-2015.
The figures indicate that some local authorities are failing to adequately deliver services – such as pothole repair and road maintenance – resulting in costly compensation claims. Other claims can be attributed to failure to meet the legal standard of care required of local authorities.
Chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, Jonathan Isaby, commented: “The compensation culture is costing taxpayers dear and every pound spent on settlements or higher insurance premiums is a pound that isn’t spent on essential services such as road maintenance or social care.”