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Westminster tops council parking profits list

The councils in England with the largest surpluses - before costs - in 2011/12 were:

  • Westminster - £41.6 million
  • Kensington and Chelsea - £28.1 million
  • Camden (north London) - £25 million
  • Hammersmith and Fulham (west London) - £19.5 million
  • Wandsworth (south west London) - £16.1 million
  • Brighton and Hove - £14.4 million
  • Islington (north London) - £10.9 million
  • Cornwall - £7.9 million
  • Newham (east London) - £7.3 million
  • Hounslow (west London) - £7.3 million

Councils rake in huge surpluses from parking fees

Councils across England have generated a total surplus of £565 million from parking charges, according to figures from the RAC Foundation.

Councils in England earned £565 million from parking charges Credit: PA

The figures have been released just days after a judge ruled that Barnet council in north London acted illegally by using parking charges to raise revenue.

The study shows money generated from parking activities was up by £54 million between 2011 and 2012.

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