Fines

Council threatens fly-tippers with £50,000 fine

25/04/2019

Cheltenham residents have been warned that if they continue to dump their rubbish in the wrong place at the wrong time, they will face a £50,000 fine.

Councils issue nearly 10,000 fines for ‘anti-social’ behaviour

23/04/2019

Campaigners have called for Public Spaces Protection Orders to be scrapped as new figures reveal there were nearly 10,000 on-the-spot fines issued in 2018.

City council drops £100 begging fines

18/04/2019

Southampton City Council has decided to remove its £100 fines for begging after finding the penalty had ‘little effect’.

Council fined for leak of its gang database

05/04/2019

The London Borough of Newham has been fined £145,000 by the data watchdog for revealing personal information on more than 200 people who were on a police database.

It’s ‘business as usual’ at Mersey bridge, council defiantly insists

14/03/2019

Halton BC has said it is ‘business as usual’ at the Mersey Gateway despite a tribunal decision that the bridge’s crossing charge is 'not a tolling scheme’.

Council to fine anti-social drivers

08/03/2019

Bradford Council have decided to crack down on drivers who play loud music, rev their engines, or engage in other acts deemed to be anti-social.

Council apologises for evicting anti-abortion charity

20/02/2019

Lambeth Council have paid £5,000 in damages to an anti-abortion charity after evicting its volunteers and staff from an event in the London borough last year.

Councils must ensure parking fines are issued correctly, Ombudsman says

31/01/2019

The local government Ombudsman has urged councils to ensure they are using the correct legislation to issue parking fines at country parks.

Council to reimburse drivers after ‘confusing signs’ lead to fines

24/01/2019

A county council has said it will reimburse the parking fines of drivers who were caught out by ‘confusing’ signs.

Councils using premium rate phone lines branded 'greedy'

21/01/2019

Campaigners have accused local authorities of being ‘greedy and foolish’ for using premium rate lines for people to pay rent and parking fines.

Council fined after labourer ‘trapped’ under falling roofing material

17/01/2019

A council has been fined nearly £30,000 after a pack of roof trusses fell on a labourer who was working for the local authority.

Parking charges increase by £170m in five years

09/01/2019

Council chiefs defend themselves after research reveals local authorities have increased their revenue from parking charges by nearly £170m in five years, while simultaneously cutting road improvements.

New £400 fly-tipping penalty comes into force

08/01/2019

The new financial penalties for fly-tipping, which could see fines of up to £400 being handed to offenders, are now in force.

Council fined £27,000 over Legionella case

07/12/2018

A district council has pleaded guilty to a health and safety breach after a leisure centre customer contracted Legionnaire’s Disease.

Council secures UK’s first Japanese Knotweed prosecution

07/12/2018

A Bristol property owner has become the first person to be prosecuted for failing to control the spread of Japanese Knotweed.

Whitehall warns against using fly-tipping fines to raise revenue

27/11/2018

The Government has warned financially-strained local authorities against using fly-tipping penalties as a means to raise revenue.

Whitehall backs ‘one-stop shop’ for appealing private parking fines

26/11/2018

The Government has thrown its weight behind a new independent appeals service for drivers wishing to challenge private parking fines.

Councils call for power to enforce yellow box junctions

22/11/2018

Motoring campaigners have warned of a massive rise in fines if more councils are given powers to use cameras to catch drivers who stop in yellow box areas at junctions.

Welsh councils generated £10m profit from parking charges and fines last year

19/11/2018

Conservatives in Wales have accused councils of imposing a 'huge tax on shoppers' after figures revealed they made more than £10m this year from parking charges and fines.

London penalty charge notices up 10%

15/11/2018

The number of penalty charge notices (PCNs) issued by London’s highway authorities rose by 10% during the last financial year.

Councils net £42m a year in bus lane fines

14/11/2018

Town hall chiefs have hit back at a report saying councils collected nearly £42m in penalties last year from motorists caught driving in bus lanes.

Contractor fined £1m after complaints of ‘dirty streets’

01/11/2018

Trafford council has fined a bins contractor £1m after residents raised concerns about dirty streets and overflowing bins.

Hackney raises £100,000 a week from controversial traffic camera

24/08/2018

It is the ‘responsibility of drivers’ to read signs, Hackney Council argues in response to criticisms that its new traffic cameras are inadequately signposted.

Council first to fine people for soliciting prostitutes

06/08/2018

An East London council is set to be the first to issue on-the-spot fines for people using prostitutes.

Council fined for causing autistic child ‘severe distress’

19/07/2018

Brighton & Hove council has apologised after a mother and her autistic son were caused severe distress due to their temporary accommodation placement.

Council refuses to repay controversial bridge tolls

16/07/2018

A council has refused to repay controversial bridge tolls despite a tribunal ruling they had made a number of ‘procedural errors’.

Council fines 'try before you buy’ sex toy shop

19/06/2018

A local authority in the north east has fined a sex doll company £10,000 for operating without a licence.

Council chiefs demand more powers to tackle problem lorry drivers

29/05/2018

Council leaders have demanded new powers to stop lorry drivers causing damage to roads by ignoring weight restrictions.

Council chiefs call for more ‘streamlined’ system to prosecute fly-tippers

14/05/2018

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to ‘urgently streamline’ the process for prosecuting fly-tippers.

London council secures £1.6m fine against Tesco over safety failings

11/05/2018

Tesco has been fined £1.6m for health and safety failures following a successful prosecution by Ealing Council.

Councils penalise over one million drivers a year for using bus lanes

04/04/2018

Drivers in the UK’s cities have been issued with over one million penalty notices each year since 2015 for driving in bus lanes, new research reveals.

Councils given power to double fines for ‘litter louts’

03/04/2018

New powers to enable councils to nearly double on-the-spot fines for littering and graffiti have come into force today.

Council discovers thousands of bus lanes fines could be invalid

22/03/2018

Manchester City Council could be forced to repay thousands of bus lanes fines after an internal review discovered some charges were issued too late to be legally valid.

Council chiefs call for ‘minimum’ £30,000 fine for rogue landlords

23/02/2018

Rogue landlords who commit serious housing offences should be fined a minimum of £30,000, council chiefs say.

Couple fined £4,000 for disguising home as a garage

13/02/2018

A couple in Leicestershire have been forced to pay over £4,000 for breaching planning regulations at their home.

Councils welcome Government proposals to fine fly-tippers

15/01/2018

Local authorities have welcomed the Government’s pledge to provide them with the powers to do more to tackle illegal waste and fly-tipping.

Councils urged to limit the number of parking fines issued by motoring group

12/12/2017

The AA has launched a campaign against 'rampant ticketing' by council and private parking enforcers.

Councils deny using driving penalties as ‘money spinners’

25/10/2017

Councils should avoid using penalty notices as ‘money spinners’, the RAC Foundation warns as research reveals up to 12 million driving licence holders are penalised each year.

Littering fines to double to deter ‘litter louts’

24/10/2017

Maximum litter fines are to almost double next year and drivers will be held responsible for rubbish thrown from their cars, the minister for the environment revealed today.

Councils facing fines of up to £280,000 for delayed transfers sanctions

11/10/2017

A new survey has revealed that 16 councils were fined for delayed transfers of care in 2016/17, a move branded as ‘frankly bizarre’ by the country’s most senior care director.

Council fined £150,000 for ‘failing’ to tackle vibration-related illnesses

05/10/2017

A Welsh council has been fined £150,000 after it failed to address vibration-related illnesses affecting its workers.

Foreign drivers owe £1m in Westminster parking fines

27/09/2017

Drivers from abroad rack up more than £1m in parking fines in Westminster, council says.

Parents who drive kids to school gate could face £130 fine under new council scheme

06/09/2017

Parents who drive their children to the school gates could face fines of up to £130 under a new scheme launched by Croydon Council.

County fined £70,000 for 'serious and prolonged' data breach

01/09/2017

Nottinghamshire County Council has apologised for leaving vulnerable people’s personal information exposed online after being fined £70,000 by data protection watchdogs.

Parking tickets from private companies ‘soar’

25/07/2017

The number of motorists handed tickets by private parking companies has soared in one year, official figures suggest.

Girl, 5, fined for selling lemonade

21/07/2017

A London council has fined a five-year-old girl for selling homemade lemonade on the street without a license.

Council fined £100,000 after hackers stole sensitive information

12/06/2017

A council has been accused of failing to repair a ‘vulnerability’ in the authority’s software which allowed hackers to access sensitive information.

Owners of ‘inconsiderately parked’ cars face £2,500 fine

09/06/2017

Vehicle owners living in Boston who repeatedly block bin lorries will face prosecution and a fine that could run into the thousands, says council.

Council apologises for £300 sandwich wrapper fine

26/05/2017

Canterbury CC has apologised to a shop worker after officials issued her an on-the-spot £300 fine when they spotted a sandwich wrapper next to her till.

Scottish councils rake in £40m from parking penalties

06/04/2017

Local authorities in Scotland made more than £40m surplus from car parking fines and charges during the last financial year, according to the RAC Foundation.

County agrees to refund 'unclear' bus lane fines

13/03/2017

Lancashire County Council has agreed to refund motorists who were fined for driving in a new bus lane that had not been labelled clearly enough.

Ombudsman calls for ‘fairness’ over parking fines

06/02/2017

Councils in England need to do more to ensure parking fines are ‘fair to all’, Ombudsman says.

Welsh councils report £14m profit on parking activities

17/11/2016

Local authorities in Wales made a profit of nearly £14m on their parking activities in the last financial year. 

Newcastle to refund 5,100 PCNs over bus lane signage lighting issue

17/10/2016

Insufficient lighting in a bus lane in Newcastle has resulted in the council refunding potentially 5,100 penalty charge notices, the local authority has announced.

Council amends fines for term time holidays in wake of High Court ruling

22/09/2016

Derbyshire County Council has changed its rules around fining parents for taking their children on holiday during term time in the wake of the Isle of Wight High Court ruling.

Landlord fined thousands by council for ‘cramming’ 24 people in a house

17/08/2016

A rogue landlord faces a court bill of almost £40,000 after being caught cramming 24 people into a house in Wembley.

County fined for leaving ‘sensitive’ documents in disused building

16/08/2016

Hampshire County Council has been fined thousands of pounds after documents containing personal details of over 100 people were found in a disused building.

Councils call for power to fine utility companies for road works

15/08/2016

Local authorities are calling for tough new powers to tackle ‘rush hour gridlock’ caused by utility companies digging up roads.

Rogue waste operator costs council £20,000 in clean up

20/07/2016

A Dorset-based man has been given a suspended prison sentence and a £20,000 fine for illegally storing and processing waste cooking oil.

Increase in fines for term-time holidays amid confusion over law

17/06/2016

Number of fines issued by councils to parents taking children out of school for holidays has increased by 55%, Freedom of Information (FoI) request reveals.

Council hits out at paltry fly-tipping fine

20/05/2016

A London council has called on fly-tippers to be given higher fines after someone was fined £320 for dumping a truck load of rubbish on a residential street.

New fly-tipping fines welcome but inadequate, charity says

09/05/2016

New penalties will not turn back the rising tide of fly-tipping, environmental charity warns.

Term-time absence case thrown out by court

03/05/2016

In a landmark ruling, a magistrate has thrown out cases brought against parents who took their children out of school during term-time.

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