Compensation to staff in schools


  1. How much has the council paid out in compensation for health & safety incidents or accidents to staff in schools in the local authority, in the following years 2010-11, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17? Please specify if these numbers cover compensation paid to staff in academies and free schools as well as LA-run schools.


2010/11 = £265, 330.95


2014/15 = £193,042.94


2015/16 = £37,665.28


2016/17 = £67,000.00


These payments include local authority run schools.   Devon County Council does not hold any information regarding academies or free schools.


  1. What were the top three highest amounts for compensation owing to an accident or health and safety incident in school the council has paid out?


  1. What was cause of the accident/incident for those top three? (Please do present as a table if easier).


Disclosure of this information relates to individual claims for compensation and therefore the claimants could potentially be identified from both the amounts and the cause.   This would therefore be personal data, as defined by the Data Protection Act 1998, and disclosure of the same would be a breach of the first data protection principle. Disclosure of this information is therefore exempt pursuant to s.40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.