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COUNCILS FACE£1BN BILL AS BOGUS POTHOLE INJURY CLAIMS SOAR

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Councils in Britain are facing a£1bn bill from people who claim to have been injured after tripping over broken pa...
Councils in Britain are facing a £1bn bill from people who claim to have been injured after tripping over broken pavements or falling into potholes, reports The Sunday Times (p7). Councils, rather than private companies, are being targeted, according to the article, because they take a low risk option to claims as they often 'buy off' litigants by offering them £1,000 in compensation, instead of taking the chance of paying high legal costs if a case is lost when it goes to court. Police are thought to be investigating bogus claims by fraudsters. But councils are drawing up new tactics for their own protection. In Greater Manchester local authorities have formed a town hall 'Interpol' to share information on suspected fraudsters.
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