Insurance claims against Kerry County Council on the decrease.

The County Council is paying 2 million euro annually for public liability insurance. The premium hasn’t increased since last year and council management are now hopeful that insurance costs will decrease in the coming years. According to Kerry County Council management the number of insurance claims made against them is on the decrease. However the cost of each individual claim has risen, meaning the premium has not gone down for the coming year and remains at 2 million euro. Head of Finance John O`Connor says the council is now looking forward to the cost of insurance decreasing over the coming 3 to 4 years.Insurances costs hit an all time high for the council in 2002 when the large number of public liability claims drove the premium up to 2.7 million euro. The council’s risk control unit is one of the reasons for a decrease in the number of claims. It seeks to reduce the council’s liability and has been assessing council property for insurance risks as well as examining existing claims to determine their validity. Meanwhile council management claim the amount of money being spent on footpaths and roads is also helping to keep down the number of claims.