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The number of local authority staff with the power to enter your home or workplace.


A Big Brother Watch report

January 2015


A Freedom of Information Request was sent to all UK local authorities on the 25th

January 2013. We asked how many officers had the power to enter a home, and

also how many had been disciplined in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.


Of the 433 local authorities in the UK we received a 99% response rate. Only

Hackney did not respond fully. A further 22 could not provide usable information,

generally for lack of information recorded, or the request potentially exceeding the

standard cost and time limits for an FOI. 


Key Findings

All results are for the years 2009 to 2012 unless otherwise indicated. A full list of local

authorities is available in table 2 and 3.

* There are more than 19,375 local authority officials with powers of entry, in 429

local authorities.

* This is an average of 45 local authority officials with powers of entry in all 433

local authorities.

* 2 local authorities have more than 500 officials with powers of entry

* Northumberland (541)

* Leeds (527) 


English Unitary Authorities:


Number of officials with powers of entry - 65


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