Authorisation to settle a claim threatened against the MPS

Reference code: 
PCD 227
Date signed: 
17 July 2017
Authorisation name: 
Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, Policing and Crime

Executive summary

The Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime agree a request for authorisation to settle civil proceedings threatened against the Metropolitan Police Service, as set out in the part 2 report. The Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime has the discretion to authorise the settlement of a civil claim where it would be conducive to the maintenance of an efficient and effective police force.

Recommendation

The Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime authorises the settlement of a civil claim up to a maximum amount.

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

1.    Introduction and background

1.1.    The claim relates to allegations made of historical sexual abuse. 

2.    Financial Comments

2.1.    The cost of any settlement, if agreed, would be met from the centrally held MPS third party claims provision budget. 

3.    Legal Comments

3.1.    Pursuant to the MOPAC Scheme of Consent and Delegation 2016, MOPAC must authorise the settlement because it fulfils the criteria set out in section 4.10 of the Scheme including the financial level.

3.2.    The DMPC has the power to authorise any sum required in connection with the settlement for any claim made against the Commissioner under Section 88 of the Police Act 1996.

3.3.    There is an open and exempt report as some of the information relates to data protection, is commercially sensitive and is legal professional privileged.

4.    Equality Comments

4.1.    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 an impact in this matter.

5.    Background/supporting papers

5.1.    Part two exempt report