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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please can you explain the provisions made by Wirral Council and any associated agencies for insuring public buildings, highways and assets owned or maintained by Wirral Council and its agents.

Please outline extent of cover, sums insured etc.

Please could you outline under what circumstances a claim would be made against this insurance.

Please could you explain if a claim was made against any insurance policy for damage to the public highway or any public building following damage due to the New Ferry explosion.

If a claim was made, please provide details of the amounts paid out and any amounts awaiting payment and please provide details of how these amounts were spent.

If no claim has been made please explain the reasons why

Yours faithfully,

Jim Barrington

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Barrington

 

We write further to your Freedom of Information request in which you
asked:

Please can you explain the provisions made by Wirral Council and any
associated agencies for insuring public buildings, highways and assets
owned or maintained by Wirral Council and its agents.

Please outline extent of cover, sums insured etc.

Please could you outline under what circumstances a claim would be made
against this insurance.

Please could you explain if a claim was made against any insurance policy
for damage to the public highway or any public building following damage
due to the New Ferry explosion.

If a claim was made, please provide details of the amounts paid out and
any amounts awaiting payment and please provide details of how these
amounts were spent.

If no claim has been made please explain the reasons why

 

 

Please be advised that Wirral Council does not insure the fabric of the
Highway as all repairs and maintenance are met from the Highways
Maintenance budget. With regards to “assets owned and maintained by the
council”, kindly clarify what is meant.  Does your enquiry relate to
council owned property such as vehicles, parks, play equipment etc?  Once
we have received your clarification we will endeavour to respond to that
part of your request.

 

With regards to the New Ferry explosion, we can confirm that NO council
owned/insured assets were damaged. As such, no insurance claims were made
or will be made against any council insurance policy.

 

If this does not fully answer your enquiry, we look forward to receiving
your clarification as detailed above.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Lynette Paterson

Principal Information Management Officer

Wirral Council

Business Management - ICT

Treasury Building

Argyle Street

Birkenhead

Wirral

CH41 1AH

 

Tel: 0151 691 8201

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Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,
Thank you for your response.

My question was:
Please can you explain the provisions made by Wirral Council and any associated agencies for insuring public buildings, highways and assets owned or maintained by Wirral Council and its agents.

You asked:
"With regards to “assets owned and maintained by the council”, kindly clarify what is meant. "

I would have thought this was self explanatory and am surprised you require an explanation. Wirral Council should know what is classed as an asset under their own policies and should be able to clarify this with any member of the public seeking information. Please revisit your response, look up what Wirral Council defines as an asset and provide a proper and fully informed response. To assist you my enquiry relates to any council owned or managed property including buildings, vehicles, parks, play equipment, street furniture and anything which could be classed as a council asset for where the council owns, rents, leases or has responsibility for management and has a duty of care for maintenance and repair, not excluding contracts where assets are managed by third party agents.

For your convenience I have put my original question again below:
" Please can you explain the provisions made by Wirral Council and any associated agencies for insuring public buildings, highways and assets owned or maintained by Wirral Council and its agents.
Please outline extent of cover, sums insured etc.
Please could you outline under what circumstances a claim would be made against this insurance.

You mentioned in your response any damage to streets and public highways are met out of the Highways budget. Please therefore clarify if the Highways Budget was accessed following damage to the public highways caused by the New Ferry explosion. Please clarify what damage was funded, the amounts which came from the highways budget, any damage which has been identified but not repaired and the cost of these repairs.

You have ignored whole sections of my enquiry. Please respond in full to these questions. I have listed them below:
Please can you explain the provisions made by Wirral Council and any associated agencies for insuring public buildings, highways and assets owned or maintained by Wirral Council and its agents.

Please outline extent of cover, sums insured etc.

Please could you outline under what circumstances a claim would be made
against this insurance.

Thank you for your attention in anticipation of a full and frank response.

Your response was:

Yours sincerely,

Jim Barrington

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Thank you for your recent clarification submitted under the Freedom of Information Act, which has been received by Wirral Borough Council.

The Council can confirm this request was received by the FOI team.

Your enquiry was passed to the relevant Council department(s), and we will aim to issue a substantive response within the statutory timeframe FOI act (2000), 20 working days from the receipt of your request.

Yours sincerely,

Chelsea Dalton
Information Management Officer
Business Management - ICT
Treasury Building
Argyle Street
Birkenhead
Wirral
CH41 1AH
Tel: 0151 666 5201
[Wirral Borough Council request email]

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InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Barrington,

 

Thank you for your recent FOI submitted under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000. Please see below, your request, followed by our response:

 

Please can you explain the provisions made by Wirral Council and any
associated agencies for insuring public buildings, highways and assets
owned or maintained by Wirral Council and its agents.

The Council arranges external property insurance cover with a commercial
insurer in respect of public buildings and their contents. The policy also
covers buildings which are not owned by the Council but the Council has a
responsible to insure (eg under the terms of a lease agreement). The
Council also arranges commercial motor insurance cover in respect of its
motor fleet. No insurance is arranged in respect of physical damage to the
public highway or play equipment in parks.     

 

Please outline extent of cover, sums insured etc.

All buildings insured by the Council are covered for fire, lightning and
explosion in addition to which schools are also insured for wet perils (ie
floods, escape of water from pipework etc). The current sum insured for
all buildings, and contents, is just under £1 billion. The motor insurance
policy is comprehensive cover and there are no specified sums insured as
the policy is on the basis of vehicle market value.

 

Please could you outline under what circumstances a claim would be made
against this insurance.

A claim would be made under the property insurance if damage to a Council
building arises from an insured peril. Similarly, a claim would be pursed
under the motor insurance policy in the event of an insured incident.

 

You mentioned in your response any damage to streets and public highways
are met out of the Highways budget. Please therefore clarify if the
Highways Budget was accessed following damage to the public highways
caused by the New Ferry explosion. Please clarify what damage was funded,
the amounts which came from the highways budget, any damage which has been
identified but not repaired and the cost of these repairs.

Wirral Council can confirm no maintenance money was spent on works
required due to the explosion.

 

If a claim was made, please provide details of the amounts paid out and
any amounts awaiting payment and please provide details of how these
amounts were spent.

A claim was not made.

 

If no claim has been made please explain the reasons why

No council owned buildings were damaged and the fabric of the highway is
not insurable.

 

 

I trust this satisfies your request in full.

 

You have the right under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
to ask for an internal review if you are dissatisfied with the information
provided to you. Please direct any request for an internal review to
[1][Wirral Borough Council request email] and your request will be allocated for
review.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Chelsea Dalton

Information Management Officer

Business Management - ICT

Treasury Building

Argyle Street

Birkenhead

Wirral

CH41 1AH

Tel: 0151 666 5201

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