With winter snow and ice warnings being issued around the country, homeowners are being reassured that by clearing their paths and driveways of ice and snow sensibly , this should not lead to them being sued if someone slips on it and injures themselves.

Over the last few years, home owners have feared that they would be sued if they tried to clear their paths and therefore did nothing.

As Councils will only grit major roads, many side roads and especially pavements will be left untreated but there is only limited circumstances where a claim could be brought for not treating an area.

People need to be sensible and take care when out in the ice and snow.