Disclosure Details

Football matches - 242/13

Dated: 09 Apr 2013

Date of request:     22/03/2013

Date of response:   09/04/2013

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 22 March 2013 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

1.     How much money was paid by Football Clubs in the Premier League to the Police Authority in football seasons: a)2008/9, b)2009/10, c)2010/11, d)2011/12, and e)2012/13 to date?
2.     What estimates the Police Authority holds/has made for the cost to the Police Authority of policing football matches played by Football Clubs in the Premier League in a)2008/9, b)2009/10, c)2010/11, d)2011/12, and e)2012/13 to date?

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Finance Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

1. The following table shows by football season how much was paid (including VAT) by Football clubs who were in the Premier League in those respective seasons.

Season Income (Inc VAT) £
2008/09 1,435,093
2009/10 571,388
2010/11 1,013,379
2011/12 1,023,669
2012/13 to 31/03/13 710,039
Total 4,753,568

2. The cost of policing football is not held. The total cost is far wider than the Force is able to charge. It includes the costs of additional policing within the town centres, the deployment of specialist units such as the mounted section & dogs unit, intelligence & communications officers, senior officer time, management costs and overheads. Officers are deployed within their normal tour of duty and also on overtime and as such the total costs are not calculated either by match or as a whole 

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the crime data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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