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PROBLEM OF INHERITED INSURANCE

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Newly created authorities face serious problems dealing with insurance claims relating to the bodies they replace, ...
Newly created authorities face serious problems dealing with insurance claims relating to the bodies they replace, delegates at the third LGC insurance seminar heard.

The problems will arise from poor co-operation between disappearing, appearing and changing authorities, a reluctance of insurance funds to hand over money to successor bodies and a related difficulty in working out how much money should be handed over.

Nottinghamshire CC principal insurance officer Bill Sulman said there were 'very thick walls' between the county and Nottingham City Council, which is to become unitary. This prevented proper co-operation between managers in the run-up to reorganisation, he said.

'All hell will break loose if people are left with huge liabilities they know nothing about, no knowledge of the problems and no funds,' he said.

Gillingham BC chief financial services officer Nigel Rogers said if the transfer of the insurance function to new bodies was mishandled, the risks were 'loss of discipline, experience, local knowledge and credibility leading to loss of morale in staff who have hitherto been doing an excellent job'.
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