Bolton taxpayers' £150,000 bill for school injury compensation claims

The Bolton News: Bolton taxpayers' £150,000 bill for school injury compensation claims Bolton taxpayers' £150,000 bill for school injury compensation claims

COMPENSATION totalling more than £150,000 was paid out after children were injured in school — with one pay-out more than £24,000.

Bolton Council had the biggest bill in Greater Manchester — only Manchester paid more.

There were 50 claims from pupils who suffered “personal injury” at primary and secondary schools.

The council paid out for 14 — a total of £150,881.70 including legal fees.

Classroom accidents attracted the biggest pay-outs.

The lowest amount paid out was £671 for ice or leaves on a footpath.

Unlike other authorities, Bolton Council refused to release details of the claims — and categorised the cause of incidents as classroom supervision; children’s playground, accident on council premises, footpath, drains blocked/overflow, use of sports equipment and footpath.

A Bolton Council spokesman said: “When a claim is submitted, we assess the claim and carry out a thorough investigation.

“We have a duty to protect public money and always carry out a full investigation of each claim before any decision is made on whether to pay a claim.

"However, we also have an absolute duty of care to all pupils in our care whilst at school, so if the school or council is at fault, we do acknowledge this and pay accordingly.”

Cllr Kevin McKeon, Bolton Council's Cabinet member for Schools, added: “If people are injured in school they have a legal right to redress.

“Schools are very safe places and are increasingly so.

“There may be some people who are litigious, that is to be regretted.”

Greater Manchester schools paid out more than £1.5 million in compensation, which Eccles-based Employment Law Advisory Service said was because of “basic health and safety failings”.

The company’s lead health and safety consultant, Wayne Dunning, said: “These figures are shocking, and clearly not enough is being done to protect children in schools from what are, in the main, preventable accidents.

Bolton Council said it was unable to release details of the claims citing “legal reasons” but added it was not accusing other authorities of breaking the law by releasing such details.

Cllr Martyn Cox, vice-chairman of Bolton Council’s children’s services scrutiny committee, said: “This pervasive compensation culture is a national scandal.

“Hard working texpayers are seeing the money they hand over to pay for education finish up in the pockets of compensation lawyers.”

Julia Simpkins, secretary of the Bolton-branch of the National Union of Teachers, said: “Schools are not more dangerous places than they used to be.

“Teachers have to carry out risk assessments for everything and there are things teachers will no longer do.

“The incidents where the child was awarded a lot of money must have been awful and we do not want children to be injured while at school which we want to be safe places.

“But I think in some cases where at one time if a child was injured it was an accident but now they will look for someone to blame and partly there is that culture.”

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11:31am Tue 22 Apr 14

thomas222 says...

Why the fear of naming the schools involved. Parents have right to know as it involves their children & also its important to know if there is a school claiming more than others. Not to name only makes people think why not. I have my ideas and im sure many will be thinking the same as me. Crash for cash mentality comes to mind.
Why the fear of naming the schools involved. Parents have right to know as it involves their children & also its important to know if there is a school claiming more than others. Not to name only makes people think why not. I have my ideas and im sure many will be thinking the same as me. Crash for cash mentality comes to mind. thomas222
  • Score: 10

11:33am Tue 22 Apr 14

marco999 says...

So are schools getting more unsafe despite zealous H&S or are parents getting greedier? Kerching!
So are schools getting more unsafe despite zealous H&S or are parents getting greedier? Kerching! marco999
  • Score: 10

12:56pm Tue 22 Apr 14

The Righteous One says...

thomas222 wrote:
Why the fear of naming the schools involved. Parents have right to know as it involves their children & also its important to know if there is a school claiming more than others. Not to name only makes people think why not. I have my ideas and im sure many will be thinking the same as me. Crash for cash mentality comes to mind.
Well I know for a fact that The Holy infant and St Anthony RC primary school, had the largest number of claims last year - how do I know? I have a relative who goes to the school!!! I also heard that St Johns RC primary school, in Bromley Cross, also had a large number of claims as well!!!

So stop assuming Thoms222 as, per usual, you are just making a fool of yourself.
[quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: Why the fear of naming the schools involved. Parents have right to know as it involves their children & also its important to know if there is a school claiming more than others. Not to name only makes people think why not. I have my ideas and im sure many will be thinking the same as me. Crash for cash mentality comes to mind.[/p][/quote]Well I know for a fact that The Holy infant and St Anthony RC primary school, had the largest number of claims last year - how do I know? I have a relative who goes to the school!!! I also heard that St Johns RC primary school, in Bromley Cross, also had a large number of claims as well!!! So stop assuming Thoms222 as, per usual, you are just making a fool of yourself. The Righteous One
  • Score: 0

1:09pm Tue 22 Apr 14

The Righteous One says...

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  • Score: -5

1:38pm Tue 22 Apr 14

thomas222 says...

The Righteous One wrote:
thomas222 wrote:
Why the fear of naming the schools involved. Parents have right to know as it involves their children & also its important to know if there is a school claiming more than others. Not to name only makes people think why not. I have my ideas and im sure many will be thinking the same as me. Crash for cash mentality comes to mind.
Well I know for a fact that The Holy infant and St Anthony RC primary school, had the largest number of claims last year - how do I know? I have a relative who goes to the school!!! I also heard that St Johns RC primary school, in Bromley Cross, also had a large number of claims as well!!!

So stop assuming Thoms222 as, per usual, you are just making a fool of yourself.
How did i know you would know. You know everything you are great. Now get a life & grown up instead of abusing people who views differ to yours. Thats very left wing dont you know.
[quote][p][bold]The Righteous One[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: Why the fear of naming the schools involved. Parents have right to know as it involves their children & also its important to know if there is a school claiming more than others. Not to name only makes people think why not. I have my ideas and im sure many will be thinking the same as me. Crash for cash mentality comes to mind.[/p][/quote]Well I know for a fact that The Holy infant and St Anthony RC primary school, had the largest number of claims last year - how do I know? I have a relative who goes to the school!!! I also heard that St Johns RC primary school, in Bromley Cross, also had a large number of claims as well!!! So stop assuming Thoms222 as, per usual, you are just making a fool of yourself.[/p][/quote]How did i know you would know. You know everything you are great. Now get a life & grown up instead of abusing people who views differ to yours. Thats very left wing dont you know. thomas222
  • Score: 7

1:50pm Tue 22 Apr 14

thomas222 says...

The Righteous One wrote:
So we stop the EU immigration, therefre can you tell me how many British people would be able to fulfil this job, as seen on Monster last night!


Business Development Executive (German, Dutch or Scandinavian)

About the Job
Business Development Executive (Dutch, German or Scandinavian)

Location: Manchester City Centre
Salary: £18-£22,000 + benefits including pension scheme after 3 months

Requirements
• Fluent in German, Dutch or any of the Scandinavian languages (Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish or Danish)
• Excellent communication skills and ability to build rapport with potential clients
Do you know what the difference between CONTROLLED immigration & OPEN immigration means. One means letting in ANYONE who comes into this Country & the other means LETTING in the ones we need. You always mention we STOP immigration even though you know its CONTROLLED that is the debate. Just another twist of words as usual.
[quote][p][bold]The Righteous One[/bold] wrote: So we stop the EU immigration, therefre can you tell me how many British people would be able to fulfil this job, as seen on Monster last night! Business Development Executive (German, Dutch or Scandinavian) About the Job Business Development Executive (Dutch, German or Scandinavian) Location: Manchester City Centre Salary: £18-£22,000 + benefits including pension scheme after 3 months Requirements • Fluent in German, Dutch or any of the Scandinavian languages (Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish or Danish) • Excellent communication skills and ability to build rapport with potential clients[/p][/quote]Do you know what the difference between CONTROLLED immigration & OPEN immigration means. One means letting in ANYONE who comes into this Country & the other means LETTING in the ones we need. You always mention we STOP immigration even though you know its CONTROLLED that is the debate. Just another twist of words as usual. thomas222
  • Score: 3

5:19pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Thatissowrong says...

We are now a litigious society fostered and encouraged by those parasitic accident claim lawyers/merchants.
We are now a litigious society fostered and encouraged by those parasitic accident claim lawyers/merchants. Thatissowrong
  • Score: 5

5:53pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Thatissowrong says...

The Righteous One wrote:
So we stop the EU immigration, therefre can you tell me how many British people would be able to fulfil this job, as seen on Monster last night!


Business Development Executive (German, Dutch or Scandinavian)

About the Job
Business Development Executive (Dutch, German or Scandinavian)

Location: Manchester City Centre
Salary: £18-£22,000 + benefits including pension scheme after 3 months

Requirements
• Fluent in German, Dutch or any of the Scandinavian languages (Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish or Danish)
• Excellent communication skills and ability to build rapport with potential clients
I could but don't want to work in telesales thank you very much. Lousy salary for language skills and business development executive is usually a euphemism for telesales.
[quote][p][bold]The Righteous One[/bold] wrote: So we stop the EU immigration, therefre can you tell me how many British people would be able to fulfil this job, as seen on Monster last night! Business Development Executive (German, Dutch or Scandinavian) About the Job Business Development Executive (Dutch, German or Scandinavian) Location: Manchester City Centre Salary: £18-£22,000 + benefits including pension scheme after 3 months Requirements • Fluent in German, Dutch or any of the Scandinavian languages (Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish or Danish) • Excellent communication skills and ability to build rapport with potential clients[/p][/quote]I could but don't want to work in telesales thank you very much. Lousy salary for language skills and business development executive is usually a euphemism for telesales. Thatissowrong
  • Score: 2

5:57pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Thatissowrong says...

The Righteous One wrote:
So we stop the EU immigration, therefre can you tell me how many British people would be able to fulfil this job, as seen on Monster last night!


Business Development Executive (German, Dutch or Scandinavian)

About the Job
Business Development Executive (Dutch, German or Scandinavian)

Location: Manchester City Centre
Salary: £18-£22,000 + benefits including pension scheme after 3 months

Requirements
• Fluent in German, Dutch or any of the Scandinavian languages (Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish or Danish)
• Excellent communication skills and ability to build rapport with potential clients
Just out of interest, WTF has this got to do with the topic on this thread?
[quote][p][bold]The Righteous One[/bold] wrote: So we stop the EU immigration, therefre can you tell me how many British people would be able to fulfil this job, as seen on Monster last night! Business Development Executive (German, Dutch or Scandinavian) About the Job Business Development Executive (Dutch, German or Scandinavian) Location: Manchester City Centre Salary: £18-£22,000 + benefits including pension scheme after 3 months Requirements • Fluent in German, Dutch or any of the Scandinavian languages (Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish or Danish) • Excellent communication skills and ability to build rapport with potential clients[/p][/quote]Just out of interest, WTF has this got to do with the topic on this thread? Thatissowrong
  • Score: 6

6:01pm Tue 22 Apr 14

thomas222 says...

Thatissowrong wrote:
The Righteous One wrote:
So we stop the EU immigration, therefre can you tell me how many British people would be able to fulfil this job, as seen on Monster last night!


Business Development Executive (German, Dutch or Scandinavian)

About the Job
Business Development Executive (Dutch, German or Scandinavian)

Location: Manchester City Centre
Salary: £18-£22,000 + benefits including pension scheme after 3 months

Requirements
• Fluent in German, Dutch or any of the Scandinavian languages (Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish or Danish)
• Excellent communication skills and ability to build rapport with potential clients
Just out of interest, WTF has this got to do with the topic on this thread?
Nothing the Mans a person who will only be happy with Sharia Law.
[quote][p][bold]Thatissowrong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Righteous One[/bold] wrote: So we stop the EU immigration, therefre can you tell me how many British people would be able to fulfil this job, as seen on Monster last night! Business Development Executive (German, Dutch or Scandinavian) About the Job Business Development Executive (Dutch, German or Scandinavian) Location: Manchester City Centre Salary: £18-£22,000 + benefits including pension scheme after 3 months Requirements • Fluent in German, Dutch or any of the Scandinavian languages (Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish or Danish) • Excellent communication skills and ability to build rapport with potential clients[/p][/quote]Just out of interest, WTF has this got to do with the topic on this thread?[/p][/quote]Nothing the Mans a person who will only be happy with Sharia Law. thomas222
  • Score: 1

10:43pm Tue 22 Apr 14

united99 says...

Thomas222 you are a tool - any one can make a claim get over it !
You're not living in the real world.
Thomas222 you are a tool - any one can make a claim get over it ! You're not living in the real world. united99
  • Score: 1

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