A Freedom of Information request by the BBC has revealed that over the past five years £189,934 has been paid out in RCT in compensation payments to pupils for school related incidents. The astonishing sum was paid out to just 10 pupils.
This puts RCT Council way ahead of any other authority with regard to the average amount of money paid out. Across Wales the total sum was £802,093 paid out to 312 pupils, an average of £2571.
RCT Welsh Liberal Democrat Campaign Manager Karen Roberts says more questions need to be asked as to what is going on
"We are living in a society that is unfortunately becoming more accepting of the compensation culture all the time. What would at one time have been brushed off as an accident now all too often becomes a race to place blame and seek damages.
"What is of particular concern is the amount which has been paid out by the Council in Rhondda Cynon Taff, which at an average of £18,993 per pupil is more than seven times the Welsh average.
"This suggests one of two things. Either the incidents in the County have been extremely serious, in which case why haven't they come to the attention of the public, and what has been done to ensure they don't happen again. Or RCT are being every bit as lax with public money in this instance as they are with things such as voluntary redundancy payments where they spend far more than other areas."
Full figures for each local authority can be found on link