Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Workplace Parking Levy - FOI requests

Nottingham's proposals to charge businesses up to £350 a year for each workplace parking space they have may well be copied by councils across the country. But before they get too excited about it, I urge readers to submit a request under the Freedom of Information Act to their local council, asking
1. How many workplace parking spaces are maintained for council staff and councillors?
2. How much does the council pay annually to subsidise staff and councillor workplace parking permits or 'season tickets' in public car parks?
Similar requests to government departments and quangos may also uncover the extent of the State's 'Do as I say, not as I do' approach to this issue.

When Nottingham Council can tell us that all of their staff and councillors use public transport to get to and from work, their proposal may be met a little more sympathetically.


Bill Quango MP said...

hated this pay for parking at work idea from its inception.
A bad bad idea that will really penalise the lowest paid.

Anonymous said...

a while ago the staff of oxfordshire county council were told to move their cars from the free places provided for them at the occ office in oxford. This was so that the councillors could park there for the day for a meeting. The cost of parking in oxford for 8 hours is not far short of £20
Regards John Gibson