Dec 282009
 December 28, 2009  Posted by  Featured News, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Robert Winnett reports:

Almost 20,000 council workers now have the right to enter people’s private homes without a warrant or police escort, new research has disclosed.

The average local authority has 47 employees authorised to enter private homes, although some councils have hundreds of such inspectors.

The Home Office recently admitted that 1,043 different laws permit state inspectors to enter people’s homes and premises.


Big Brother Watch, a campaigning group, sent Freedom of Information requests to each of the country’s 431 local councils. The 316 councils who responded admitted to employing a total of 14,793 people authorised to enter private homes.

Read more in The Telegraph.

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