Councils rake in parking profits

Local authorities have generated millions in income from charging motorists for parking. The figures are revealed just days after a judge declared one London council acted illegally in using parking charges to raise revenue.

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Eric Pickles: 'Parking is not a tax or cash cow'

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has pledged to take action against high parking charges in towns and cities.

It comes as government figures show that councils in England expect the net income on parking services will increase to £635 million in 2013/14.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles Credit: Press Association

Mr Pickles said: "This £635 million municipal parking profit shows why we need to review and rein in unfair town hall parking rules.

"The law is clear that parking is not a tax or cash cow for town hall officers", he added.

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