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Thursday, 10 July 2014

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Councils' record profits from car parking charges and fines

COUNCILS are making record surpluses from their parking activities, according to the RAC Foundation.

In 2012/13 councils in England generated a combined “profit” of £594m from their on and off-street parking operations, the foundation said.

This was a five per cent increase on the figure of £565m for 2011/12, and just 52 of the 353 parking authorities in England reported a deficit in 2012/13.

The RAC said its data came from the annual returns councils make to the Department for Communities and Local Government.

The figures are calculated by adding up income from parking charges and penalty notices, then deducting running costs.

In Cumbria Allerdale Council made a surplus in 2012/13 of £939,000 with Carlisle generating £569,000 and Copeland £226,000 There were no figures available for Eden.

The Cumbrian council raking in the highest figure was South Lakeland with £2,452,000. Barrow made £529,000.

Nationally the authority with the largest surplus in 2012/13 was Westminster with £39.7m. The four biggest earners were all in London.

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