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Pavement trips cost councils £47m in personal injury claims

The failure to properly maintain pavements has cost councils £47m in personal injury claims during the past four years.

People with sight loss are also being trapped in their homes due to dangerous pavements, according to the Guide Dogs charity.

Research by the Sheffield-based charity revealed the amount spent on maintenance during the same four year period went down by £2.7m to £162.2m.

The study also suggested two-thirds of people with sight loss have tripped or stumbled on neglected pavements.

The total payment figure, which includes compensation and solicitors fees, is likely to be higher because half of the 272 councils approached with freedom of information requests failed to respond at all or within 20 days.

Guide Dogs chief executive Richard Leaman said: “Councils must prioritise dangerous pavements if blind and partially sighted people, as well as people with other disabilities, are to have the same freedom as everyone else.

“For many, it can be the difference between being able to set out with confidence or being trapped at home.

A spokesman for the Local Government Association said the condition of pavements was a “key priority”.

He added: “The deterioration of roads and pavements is down to decades of under-funding from governments.”

If you have suffered injury as a result of a poorly maintained pavement, call PM Law solictors in Sheffield on 0114 2965444.

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