Huge decrease in compensation claims

by Gazette Reporter
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PUBLIC liability figures measuring claims paid out by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DLRCC) to individuals last year are down by €1,085,207.
The figures show that 130 people successfully claimed €915,958 from the council last year, in contrast to €2,001,165 claimed by 142 people in 2011.
According to DLRCC, the figures were released by the council’s finance department in conjunction with the council’s insurance provider, and represented payments made within 2012.
However, they do not take account of the value of any outstanding claims for the year.
According to a council spokesperson, the council: “engages in risk management, whereby potential risks are identified and corrective action is scheduled”
The spokesperson added: “It is hoped this proactive approach will reduce the incidence of claims made against this council.
“This authority has also implemented a number of initiatives with regard to [the improvement of] footpaths by way of the Footpath Restoration Scheme.
“The figures illustrate the effectiveness of this authority’s policies in the management of claims,” said the spokesperson.

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