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Overpayments (4740/17)


For the last financial year (2016-17), I would like details of all fruitless payments paid by your force – i.e. payments for which liability ought not to have been incurred or where the demand for the goods or services in question could have been cancelled in time to avoid liability.

Please provide this information for the financial year 2016-17 for all payments. If this would exceed cost limit, please just provide this information for fruitless payments of over £30,000.

For each payment please state:

– What each payment was for

– The value of each payment

– The reason why payment was made.

– The reason why the payment was classified as fruitless

– Whether any disciplinary action was taken as a result of the payment (if so, please specify type).


Please find attached our response.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.