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New research by the Labour Party published today reveals Conservative controlled local councils across England and Wales are hitting households with average parking charges of almost £43 a year.
Requests made by Labour under the Freedom of Information Act, reveals that across England and Wales, Tory local authorities rake in on average £42.94 per household in parking charges. In London, the figure is an astonishing £178.83 per household in Tory run council areas.
Hilary Benn MP, Labour's Shadow Local Government Secretary, commenting on the figures, said:
“Parking charges are an important part of local authorities’ income.
“But we also know that if parking charges are too high, people won’t visit their high street and small businesses will lose out on much-needed trade.
“This survey shows that Tory Councils are imposing much higher charges when families up and down the country are seeing their incomes squeezed.
“It’s unfair, it’s damaging local high streets and small businesses, and we hope Eric Pickles, the Tory Secretary of State for Local Government, will tell his councils to stop behaving in this way.”