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Compensation Payouts (690A/20)

Request

Compensation

How much has the force paid out in the past? 5 years

And legal fee in the last five years?

How many claim were submitted?

And how many we’re successful with action

CLARIFICATION

I mean false imprisonment claims. Etc in the last five years and I mean claimant solicitor fees paid in the same time frame. I mean how many claims we’re submitted in the same period that was successful is ten sent 7 successful 3 unsuccessful

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information within the appropriate (cost) limit within the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (see ‘Reason for Decision’ below).

Although excess cost removes the force’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information, relative to your request, retrieved before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded (see attached). I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of the request.

REASON FOR DECISION

Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12).  This final question would exceed the FOI time limit, in order to locate and retrieve the information we would have to review all relevant records to ascertain if a pay-out has been made at some point since the claim was originally submitted.

The cost of compliance with the whole of your request is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12(1) of the FOI Act 2000. For West Midlands Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, S.I. 3244.

Attachments

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