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School trips axed over compo bills.

SCHOOLS are scared to let kids go on trips in case they are hit with compensation claims, says a report.

One Scottish council had to pay out pounds 6000 in two years for pupils' injuries.

Highland were landed with bills of pounds 2363 and pounds 3950 between April 2009 and March 2011. Edinburgh City Council paid pounds 404 and pounds 194.79 for the same period.

The figures were issued by the Countryside Alliance Foundation after freedom of information requests.

The alliance's Ross Montague said: "Pupils and teachers are enthusiastic about outdoor education.

"But blocks are often put in the way, with anxieties over health and safety being cited as reasons to avoid it."
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Date:Sep 22, 2011
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