Authorisation to settle a claim against the MPS

Reference code: 
PCD 354
Date signed: 
27 March 2018
Authorisation name: 
Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, Policing and Crime

Executive summary

The Directorate of Legal Services (DLS) is requesting MOPAC agrees settlement of a claim against the MPS.

The Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime has the discretion to authorise the settlement of legal proceedings where it would be conducive to the maintenance of an efficient and effective police force.
 

Recommendation

The MPS be authorised to settle the claim by an individual identified in the exempt part of this report.

Non-confidential facts and advice to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC)

1.    Introduction and background

1.1.    Part 2 of this Report is exempt because it falls within an exemption specified in para 2(2) of the Elected Local Policing Bodies (Specified Information) Order 2011 and/or under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, e.g. because the information amounts to personal data, is confidential or commercially sensitive.

1.2.    This is a claim for breaches of Articles three, four and eight (torture, servitude and privacy) of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). It relates to between 9-11 years that the claimant was the victim of domestic servitude. In total, the claimant spent a total of 25 years as the victim of domestic servitude.

1.3.    The claimant alleges that the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) failed to act on his reports that he was being subjected to slavery at the hand of a family he was residing with. The alleged reports were in 2002 and 2004 respectively.

1.4.    The claimant was finally rescued from the family in 2013 at the age of 36. Members of the family who had enslaved him were prosecuted and convicted in 2015.

2.    Issues for consideration

2.1.    N/A 

3.    Financial Comments

3.1.    Pursuant to the MOPAC Scheme of Delegation dated September 2013, MOPAC must authorise the settlement because it fulfils the criteria set out in section 5.7 of the Scheme including the financial level.

3.2.    The proposed cost of the settlement can be met from within the DLS third party claims provision budget.  

4.    Legal Comments

4.1.    MOPAC the power to pay any sum required in connection with the settlement for any claim made against the Commissioner under Section 88 of the Police Act 1996.

4.2.    Pursuant to the MOPAC Scheme of Consent and Delegation 2014, MOPAC must authorise the settlement because it fulfils the criteria set out in section 4.10 of the Scheme including the financial level.

5.    Equality Comments

5.1    To continue policing with the consent of the population it serves, the police will always seek to treat everyone fairly and openly. Race or equality issues do not appear to have relevance to this matter.

6.    Background/supporting papers

•    Exempt report

    
 


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