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Council parking ‘profits’ rise again, reports RAC Foundation

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Councils in England have seen their parking ‘profits’ rise by almost a third (32%) in just four years.

In 2017-18, the combined surplus made by the 353 English local authorities was £867 million, up from £658m in 2013-14.

Total income from both on- and off-street parking activity was £1.66 billion in 2017-18.

Total expenditure was £793m. Additionally, councils may incur interest payments or depreciation on their capital assets such as car parks, though this is not accounted for in these official figures.

The difference between the two – £867m – is the surplus or profit.

This is 6% more than the £819m made in the previous financial year (2016-17). It is also 11% higher than the £782m surplus that the councils themselves had budgeted for.

Analysis by David Leibling for the RAC Foundation shows that of the 353 councils which made official financial returns to central government, only 39 made a loss from their parking activities.

 

 £million

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2017-18 budget

2018-19 budget

Change 2017-18 on 2016-17

On-street

Fees and permits

435

472

483

542

578

   

7%

 

Penalties

340

328

338

347

376

   

8%

 

Total income

775

800

821

889

954

   

7%

 

Expenditure

408

421

407

414

431

   

4%

 

Surplus

367

379

414

475

523

   

10%

                   

Off-street

Total income

640

645

670

693

706

   

2%

 

Expenditure

349

341

340

349

362

   

4%

 

Surplus

291

304

330

344

344

   

                   

All parking

Total income

1,415

1,445

1,491

1582

1660

   

5%

 

Expenditure

757

762

747

763

793

   

4%

 

Surplus

658

683

744

819

867

782

885

6%

       

 

 

 

     

 All England transport

Expenditure

4,796

4,537

4,331

4,012

3,997

4,240

4,251

-0.4%

 

Parking surplus as % of net transport expenditure

14%

15%

17%

20%

22%

18%

21%

 

25 councils in England with the highest levels of surplus 

 £000

Parking operations Surplus

Local authority

Type of authority

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

Ranking by 2017-18 surplus

Westminster

L

51,037

46,426

55,875

73,191

57,582

1

Kensington & Chelsea

L

33,512

32,997

34,237

32,174

34,467

2

Wandsworth

L

19,692

20,350

21,174

20,506

24,216

3

Hammersmith & Fulham

L

22,960

23,787

22,672

23,077

23,817

4

Brighton & Hove

UA

18,090

18,642

20,075

21,213

23,420

5

Islington

L

10,381

13,732

15,532

19,111

20,514

6

Camden

L

24,869

24,468

25,228

26,751

19,599

7

Newham

L

7,202

7,327

7,692

8,886

18,977

8

Haringey

L

5,700

16,145

14,917

14,635

16,841

9

Hackney

L

8,219

10,758

12,920

14,505

15,613

10

City of London

L

5,569

5,881

5,264

6,549

14,383

11

Merton

L

7,015

7,226

6,681

10,227

12,279

12

Hounslow

L

7,814

7,655

7,196

11,972

12,243

13

Lambeth

L

7,219

9,683

9,942

11,923

12,143

14

Brent

L

8,310

10,506

7,954

10,534

11,870

15

Milton Keynes

UA

8,160

9,042

10,757

11,143

11,296

16

Birmingham

UA

7,756

9,699

9,816

11,129

11,183

17

Barnet

L

7,879

346

6,703

8,643

10,690

18

Tower Hamlets

L

8,318

10,038

9,479

9,504

10,591

19

Richmond upon Thames

L

7,040

6,328

7,462

8,262

9,815

20

Cornwall

UA

8,019

8,693

9,813

9,742

9,744

21

Bristol

UA

7,495

6,053

7,696

9,537

9,503

22

Manchester

UA

8,020

7,915

8,919

7,751

9,368

23

Newcastle upon Tyne

UA

6,296

6,643

7,269

7,465

8,541

24

Leeds

UA

6,894

7,213

6,635

7,793

8,425

25

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “When totted up council parking income amounts to a multi-million-pound business.

“Our purpose in publishing this analysis is not to suggest the existence of any sharp practice, but to encourage motorists to seek out and read their own local authority’s annual parking report – and ask some pointed questions if their authority doesn’t publish one.

“We think it is important that motorists check for themselves whether their own council’s explanation of the level of charges, penalties and details of how the net income is then spent reflects, as it should, the use of parking controls purely as a tool to manage traffic.”

Find the full table of all English local authorities in A-Z order click here.



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