Midlothian Council has paid out more than £1 million in compensation over the past five years – including £31,039 to someone hurt when their bus went over a speed bump.
Despite having the sixth smallest population in Scotland, Midlothian came 11th out of 24 local authorities in a league of payouts compiled by the Scottish Conservatives, who branded some of the payouts “ridiculous”.
It shows that councils paid out more than £33 million to settle nearly 13,000 compensation claims over five years. In Midlothian, a total of £1,061,000 was paid out.
Falkirk Council paid out the most – £6.7 million – closely followed by Fife at £5.2 million and Edinburgh at £3.2 million.
The majority of claims involved vehicle accidents, trips on pavements and potholes, and problems with council housing.
Other instances included a minibus being blown into a vehicle, costing £2,000, and a payout of £22,000 when a vessel was damaged by a pier.
Read full story in the January 3 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.