Football Costs (12000/19)

Request

1. Costs to the constabulary of policing football matches split by season, and by club since 2015/16 (up to and including 2018/19).

2. Costs recovered by the constabulary in this time, again split by season and club.

For the following clubs:

Aston Villa

Birmingham City

Coventry City

Solihull Moors

Walsall

West Bromwich Albion

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Please identify clearly any cases where no charges have been incurred at, or charged to, a club.

Response

Please be advised that the information that you have requested is not available in a readily retrievable format for Question 1, Football clubs are currently only legally obliged to pay for the policing on their “footprint”, usually inside the stadium and surrounding car parks. The provision of “consequential policing” outside a football match, for example at a railway station or in the city centre, is currently the responsibility of the police. This includes any costs of such policing. These costs, except for subsistence, are not separately recorded and are therefore not identified. Policing hours are not, in the main, separately collated and are therefore not separately identifiable.

The cost of compliance with the whole of your request is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12(1) of the FOI Act 2000. For West Midlands Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, S.I. 3244.

Therefore the cost of providing you with the information is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information exceeds the ‘appropriate level’ as stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a Refusal Notice for this part of the request and if one part of a request exceeds the fees limit then S12 of the Act applies to the whole request

However, In accordance with Section 16 of the Act I have a duty to provide advice and assistance in relation to your request and can see that we have already provided part of this information to you within previous requests, I have provided the relevant links to these again to assist.  This should not be taken as a precedent that additional information would be supplied outside of the time/fees legislation for any subsequent requests

Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here:

https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/information-management/freedom-of-information/#fees-and-charges

As recommended as good practice by the Information Commissioner’s Office a version of this response may be published on the West Midlands Police website.

The information in relation to Question 2 is available on the following website.

Season 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 was previously supplied to you within 5214/18. Here is the link to that response.

https://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/football-costs-5214-18/

Season 2017/ 2018 was supplied within response 12862/18.

Within that response we advised for 17/18 season Solihull Moors was Nil and the rest of the football club costs were available here.

http://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/football-costs-season-2017-2018-11252-18/

Please See below for Season 2018/2019

Football Club Season 2018-19
ASTON VILLA FC 253,147.47
WEST BROMWICH ALBION FC 238,476.70
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS FC 80,961.03
BIRMINGHAM CITY FC 42,891.48
COVENTRY FC 218,063.65
WALSALL FC 222,533.16
SOLIHULL MOORS FC 0
Total 1,056,073.49

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