Trip injuries on uneven pavements are costing councils millions of pounds in injury compensation, it has been revealed.
Statistics gathered by the Liberal Democrats under the Freedom of Information Act show that over £82m has been paid out in the last five years. With 10,000 cases outstanding, this figure is set to rocket.
The party’s transport spokesman Norman Baker MP said: “With council and household budgets under more pressure than ever, the last thing the local taxpayer needs is to be paying massive compensation claims for injuries caused by dangerous pavements.”
Mr Baker added that some councils were too ready to ignore pedestrians and put all of their funds into motorists with little or no effort going into helping people who walk, cycle or take public transport.
He said: “It appears that some councils seem to be making the cynical calculation that they can afford to pay out compensation rather than invest in improving pavements.
“This could prove to be a costly mistake if pavements are allowed to deteriorate too far.”