Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Crime doesn't pay, the taxpayer does!

According to figures obtained by the Conservative MP, Grant Shapps, the Government's Assets Recovery Agency - which was set up to grab back the proceeds of crime - is failing to even pay for it's own running costs withthe money it collects. Paying for itself was one of the arguments made in favour of setting the Agency up.

The interesting thing is that no one from the Government has bothered to stand up and defend the failure. Instead the poor sod in charge of the Agency appears to have been left hanging out to dry. The best she (Jane Earl) could come up with was to say sorry, and blame the legal system for being too slow.

That's all well and good, but the Agency had a budget of just under £20m last year and managed to bring in little over £4m. So who covers the £16m shortfall? Oh yes, that will be us, the taxpayer.

1 comment:

Ellee Seymour said...

Grant Shapps is a very sharp MP and runs an excellent online forum in his constituency. He also discovered that police were keeping fingerprints of young people under the age of 16 which contravened data protection and human rights, can't remember the exact details, but it was pretty sensational when he revealed it.