An investigation into prisoner compensation has been ordered after the annual bill for inmates’ personal injury claims reached almost £10million. Ministers have ordered an audit in a bid to identify where payouts and legal costs could be slashed.
A record £28.8million was spent handling claims in the last year, with £9.3million going on compensation and costs for cases involving inmates. The bill the previous year was £21.1million, with £7.4million for claims.The revelation follows a string of bids to secure payouts by high-profile prisoners.
In December, it was revealed Michael Adebolajo , 32, one of the killers of Fusilier Lee Rigby, was claiming compensation after losing two front teeth in an incident in Belmarsh prison.Justice Minister Dominic Raab said: “Of course the Prison Service must be accountable, but taxpayers will be staggered to learn that the costs of litigation against it reached £29 million last year.
“We have ordered an independent audit to make sure we are not being taken for a ride. We want public money focused on protecting the public and reforming offenders – not fuelling the compensation culture.”
Specialist law firm BLM is carrying out the audit and will report back later this month.
**Story by Hayden Smith – Daily Mirror – Source**