Monday, 28 December 2009

Your castle?

From Big Brother Watch

Research conducted by Big Brother Watch - the new campaign fighting intrusions on privacy and protecting liberties - reveals that there are at least 14,793 officers in 73 per cent of local councils in Britain who can enter private property without requiring a warrant or police escort

Top lines from the research (full report including breakdown by local authority available here) include:

  • There are at least 14,793 officers in local councils nationwide who can enter private property without requiring a warrant or police officer escort
  • That is equal to 47 officers in every local authority in Britain able to enter homes and workplaces
  • Given that 115 (27 per cent) local councils either refused to answer our FOI requests, or failed to answer in an acceptable manner, this figure could be much higher and indeed be as high as 20,000 council officers in Britain
  • Northamptonshire County Council and Glasgow City Council have the most officers able to enter your home with almost 500 each

Research conducted by Big Brother Watch has revealed that there are at least 14,793 officers in local councils nationwide who can enter private property without requiring a warrant or police escort. Due to the complexity of the question and the huge number of laws permitting power of entry, 27 per cent of councils were unable to answer the FOI request in full. If the average from those councils who gave a sufficient answer was extrapolated to the full number of councils nationwide, there could be as many as 20,000 local authority officers in Britain able to enter your home or place of work.

In July 2008 the Home Office published a full list of the 1,043 laws permitting state inspectors to enter people’s homes and premises. Barging In is the first nationwide survey of the number of officers in each Local Authority holding the power to enter a private home or business without requiring a warrant or police escort. Through Freedom of Information requests sent to every single local council in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Big Brother Watch has arrived at a total figure for the number of environmental health technicians, anti-social behaviour officers, safety control inspectors and so on who, on 15th June 2009, if they so wished, could enter your private residence or place of work.

Alex Deane, Director of Big Brother Watch, said:

“Once, a man’s home was his castle. Today the Big Brother state wants to inspect, regulate and standardise the inside of our homes.

"Councils are dishing out powers of entry to officers within their council for their own ease, without giving due thought to the public’s right to privacy and the potential for abuse.

"There needs to be a much closer eye kept on the number of officers granted the right to barge into private premises without a warrant.”

To read the full report, which includes detailed information on every local authority, please click here.

Look around the room you are sitting in. 200 years ago, the State regulated NOTHING in that room. I now challenge you to find ONE THING not monitored or regulated by the all powerful State.


Sir Henry Morgan said...

Rest assured that any of the bastards trying to enter my property deffo DO require a police escort.

And if they do that, then they require that escort for the rest of their lives - their families too. They will be short lives.

Anonymous said...

Interesting, but would you allow a Council official entry into your house?
He can site any law and wave numerous documents, but he ain't coming in.
He's not allowed to force his way in and if the Police were called on every occasion to assist them this bollocks would quickly end up clogging up the Police/courts system.
I can't wait for the day that the Council turn up and demand to see the view from my living room window to enable them to tax me appropriately.

Anonymous said...

I've downloaded both of those reports to have a good read - thanks OH for the link.
I was reminded only this morning of how much a Police State we live in. I took my neighbour down to A&E & having got him to Reception went back to check my car. As I walked towards it I heard two really rough raucous voices behind me. Turning round I realised they were Police Officers, heading for their car a couple of bays from mine. I stood & watched them as they swaggered past - two cops from an ordinary patrol car, dressed up like part of a SWOT team, belts, bags, holsters hanging from every conceivable spot, trousers fastened in at the bottom like soldiers, great big boots, kevlar waistcoats & the most thuggish faces I have ever seen this side of a Crimewatch episode. It was incredibly dismaying to realise what we have become, the state we are now living in.

strongholdbarricades said...

I fear that this is only half a story

I have no issue with authorities being able to enter my house, if it is deemed necessary

The problem comes with the laws that they are there to impose

Plus these local council people are not locally accountable for the decisions that they take. They were not voted for, and can not be replaced by democratic mandate. Thus there is no perception of "fairness"

Hairy Arsed Bloke said...

The view from my window is of the council estate over the road; should I claim for a discount?

Having said that, they are OK; no problem with them whatsoever. That could be because they are mainly Muslim families and not a load of British chavs. Funny old world isn’t it.

Some Cunt said...

They're welcome to come in any time, provided they don't mind me indulging in my pastime of laser experimentation. The only paperwork I would have to insist on is a disclaimer signed by them indemnifying me should they subsequently go blind.

Leg-iron said...

All those laws that say you have to let them in... how many say you have to let them back out afterwards?

We could compete to see who can collect the most.

I wonder if I can rig my doorbell to play 'Hotel California'?

Fausty said...

As with so many of Labour's laws, the Tories only plan to cut them back - not repeal them entirely.

Think about that before voting.

Mitch said...

I would just claim their ID was fake and use "reasonable" force to prevent them entering ditto the filth who turn up after.
Tie the fuckers up in their own search for ID.

Prove that ID is real or I assume your a crook ho ho ho!

microdave said...

I hope Leg-Iron saw this one: "Good Laboratory Practice Regulations 1999 [1999/3106]"

WTF are these about, seeing as how the whole business has been shown to be a complete and utter scam?

"Finance Act 2000
Climate Change levy
Schedule. 6 paragraph. 129"

"Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme (Amendment) and National
Emissions Inventory Regulations 2005 [2005/2903]"

And how many Landmines are there in the UK?
"Landmines Act 1998
s.10(6): Power to enter premises and destroy objects"

killemallletgodsortemout said...

Let's hope some local prodnoses try a forced entry into Tony Martin's drum.

Anonymous said...

Well I have a S1 shottie that can pump 14oz of lead into anything in less than 1.5 seconds - my house - my rules ! best you other muppets get tooled up ......

Rab C. Nesbitt said...

Right people, let's cut to the chase here.

Who the FUCK do these bastards think they FUCKING ARE?

Honestly, they must have the tiniest cocks in Britain if they need to have 'powers' to make them feel manly. Jesus H Christ.....

I've had it to fucking here with the whole lot of the cunting fuckpigs.

I reckon it's the councils and 'local authorities' that require more watching than parliament.

Anonymous said...

We pay these nice ladies and gentlemen to do this to us.

So, why do we pay taxes?

Truly it is said: the difference between government and organised crime is: one is illegal.


AngryDave said...

Getting in may not be a problem for them, but they still have to get out. Now, this where they are going to run into a few problems.

manfromthefuture said...

Am i allowed to take digital copies of their IDs before allowing entry.

because everyone else seems to want to copy mine before i can do anything?

Chalcedon said...

They will need a police escort if they try to enter my house. They will only enter if they can win. I personally will allow the cops with a warrant and Customs and Excise in but no-one else!

Chalcedon said...

Ah, of course. How to prevent entry. Light up a fag, pipe or cigar. They will not enter. Their rules say they cannot enter even within 1 hour of you stopping smoking. So, even if you are a non-smoker, just light one up. Simples!

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