Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I am writing to make a request for the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:

1) The amount paid in compensation to members of the public by the MPS in 2013/14
2) The amount paid in compensation to members of the public by the MPS in 2014/15
3) The amount paid in compensation to members of the public by the MPS in 2015/16
4) The total legal costs arising from the above in each of the last three years (2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16)

I understand that under the Act, I should be entitled to a response within 20 working days of your receipt of this email.

Some parts of this request may be easier to answer than others. Should this prove to be the case, I would ask that you release available data as soon as possible - rather than hold up the entire request.

I would prefer to receive this information electronically. If the decision is made to withhold some of this data using exemptions within the Act, please inform me of that fact and cite the
exemptions used.

If you need any clarification then please contact me at the via email. Under your section 16 duty to provide advice and assistance, I would expect you to contact me if you find this request
unmanageable in any way.

I would be grateful if you could confirm that you have received this request, and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Yours faithfully,

Tom King

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr King

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017010000360

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 11/01/2017.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

* I am writing to make a request for the following information under the
Freedom of Information Act: 1) The amount paid in compensation to
members of the public by the MPS in 2013/14 2) The amount paid in
compensation to members of the public by the MPS in 2014/15 3) The
amount paid in compensation to members of the public by the MPS in
2015/16 4) The total legal costs arising from the above in each of the
last three years (2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16)

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the Act).  You will receive a response within the
statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act.  

If you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please contact
us at [email address] or on the phone at 0207 161 3500, quoting the
reference number above. Should your enquiry relate to the logging or
allocations process we will be able to assist you directly and where your
enquiry relates to other matters (such as the status of the request) we
will be able to pass on a message and/or advise you of the relevant
contact details.

Yours sincerely

Peter Deja
Support Officer - Freedom of Information Triage Team
 
COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome to discuss the
response with the case officer who dealt with your request.  

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Information Rights Unit
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 working days.

The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at www.ico.org.uk.  Alternatively, write to or
phone:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 0303 123 1113

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

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NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I am writing with regard to my freedom of information request made on 12 January. I understand that I am entitled to a response within 20 working days, which has now elapsed.

I would be gratefull if you could provide an explanation for the delay and an indication of when I can expect a response.

Yours faithfully,

Tom King

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr King

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017010000360

I respond in connection with your request for information which was
received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 11/01/2017.  I note
you seek access to the following information:

1) The amount paid in compensation to members of the public by the MPS in
2013/14
2) The amount paid in compensation to members of the public by the MPS in
2014/15
3) The amount paid in compensation to members of the public by the MPS in
2015/16
4) The total legal costs arising from the above in each of the last three
years (2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16).

SEARCHES TO LOCATE INFORMATION

To locate the information relevant to your request searches were conducted
within the MPS.

The searches located information relevant to your request.

DECISION

This response is to inform you that it will not be possible to respond to
your request within the cost threshold.  

REASONS FOR DECISION

You have asked for the amount paid in compensation to members of the
public.  Compensation is typically money awarded to someone in recognition
of loss, suffering , or injury.  This could encompass any of the following
case types dealt with by the MPS Directorate of Legal Service:

Malfeasance (eg. civil or threatened actions)
Public Liability (eg. damage to property following forced entry)
Road Traffic (eg. damage to vehicle following collision with MPS vehicle.

You have also asked for the total legal costs arising from each
compensation case.  Using 2015/16 as an example, more than 950 payments in
relation to all three of the above case types were made.  To provide you
with the legal cost of each case, would require the reviewing of each
individual file to calculate the costs involved.  Depending on the nature
of the file this could take anything between 5 minutes to several hours.

We therefore estimate that the cost of complying with this request would
exceed the appropriate limit. The appropriate limit has been specified in
regulations and for agencies outside central Government; this is set at
£450.00.   This represents the estimated cost of one person spending 18
hours [at a rate of £25 per hour] in determining whether the MPS holds the
information, and locating, retrieving and extracting the information.

Once part of the request goes over cost the whole request is exempt by
virtue of section 12 and there is no obligation to answer any part of the
request.  
Therefore, in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the
Act) this response acts as a Refusal Notice for the whole of your request
under Section 12 (1).

Please see the Legal Annex for all sections of the Freedom of Information
Act (the Act) referred to in this response.

I have located a link to information which you may find useful.

Malfeasance claims 13/14/15
http://www.met.police.uk/foi/pdfs/disclo...

Should you require it, the MPS may be able to provide you with the
following information (subject to any exemptions which may apply):

A New FOI Request will need to be submitted.

The amount paid out by the MPS in compensation cases (Malfeasance, Public
Liability and Road Traffic)  for 2013/14,, 2014/15 and 2015/16.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me via email at [email address], quoting the reference
number above.

Yours sincerely

Catherine Carrington
Privacy Advisor
Freedom of Information
Information Rights Unit (IRU)
Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF

LEGAL ANNEX

Section 17(5) of the Act provides:

(5) A public authority which, in relation to any request for information,
is relying on a claim that section 12 or 14 applies must, within the time
for complying with section 1(1), give the applicant a notice stating that
fact.

Section 12(1) of the Act provides:

(1) Section 1 does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request
for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying with
the request would exceed the appropriate limit.

Section 16 of the Act provides:

(1) It shall be the duty of a public authority to provide advice and
assistance, so far as it would be reasonable to expect the authority to do
so, to persons who propose to make, or have made, requests for information
to it.

(2) Any public authority which, in relation to the provision of advice or
assistance in any case, conforms with the code of practice under section
45 is to be taken to comply with the duty imposed by subsection (1) in
relation to that case.
 
COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome to discuss the
response with the case officer who dealt with your request.  

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Information Rights Unit
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 working days.

The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at www.ico.org.uk.  Alternatively, write to or
phone:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  0303 123 1113

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

Find us at:

Facebook: Facebook.com/metpoliceuk
Twitter: @metpoliceuk

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