How much compensation has been paid out to victims of last August’s riots?
4,558 claims have been made under the Riot (Damages) Act in relation to last August’s disturbances. To date, £9,589,946.75 has been paid out, spread between 1,351 successful claimants.
Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show 2,309 of the 4,558 claims were either rejected or discontinued, as reported here by Matthew Taylor and Helen Clifton.
Claims were handled by each of the nine police forces within whose operational jurisdiction the riots took place. More than three in every four claims were made to the Metropolitan Police, with the total payout standing at £7,800,492.02 as of 29th June.
John Burn-Murdoch | The Guardian | July 3rd 2012
Wrexham Councillor Finds Loophole To Uncover Confidential Council Report
A councillor has found a loophole which could help bring the details of confidential council reports into the open using the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act.
Gwersyllt councillor Arfon Jones was present at a meeting of Wrexham Council’s executive board where an item regarding the demolition of a building on Rhosddu Road was held in private.
It had been decided by the previous administration that the building known as “Centre 67″ was surplus to requirement and should be demolished, however the new council wanted to reverse the decision and retain it despite officers’ recommendations.
Liam Randall | Wrexham.Com | July 3rd 2012
Numbers of gun injuries in Surrey revealed
MORE than 140 people were injured by guns in Surrey in the last two years.
Figures released to the Advertiser under the Freedom of Information Act show a total of 147 people suffered firearms-related injuries in 2010 and 2011.
The weapons involved included ball bearing (BB) guns, shotguns, stun guns, air weapons, CS gas, pepper spray and paintball guns.
Surrey Today | 3rd July 2012
Mid Devon parking enforcement loses £46,000
Parking enforcement in Mid Devon lost more than £46,000 last year, according to figures from the local council.
Mid Devon District Council (MDDC) spent £102,134 on parking enforcement in 2010/11 but income was £55,455, a Freedom of Information request showed.
In June Devon County Council ordered a review of parking after it was revealed losses have been about £600,000 a year for the past four years.
BBC News | 3rd July 2012