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Football club costs - 805/17

Date Responded 24 September 2018

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

1. How much money was paid by Football Clubs in the Premier League to the Police Authority in football seasons: a) 2012/13, b) 2013/14, c) 2014/15, d) 2015/16, and e) 2016/17? Please provide a breakdown of each individual club who played in the Premier League for the relevant season and a total.

2. What estimates the Police Authority holds/has made for the cost to the Police Authority of policing football matches played by Football Clubs in the Premier League in: a) 2012/13, b) 2013/14, c) 2014/15, d) 2015/16, and e) 2016/17? Please provide a breakdown of each individual club who played in the Premier League for the relevant season and a total cost.

In Response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Finance Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

1.  As some of the information you have requested is accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  You should therefore consider this a refusal for your request.

I have provided an explanation to this exemption below. 

Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means

Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.

Football club costs for the periods 2015/16 and 2014/15  are already published on the Northumbria Police Disclosure Log  and therefore freely available.  Relevant FOIs are 632/16 and 554/16. 

The remaining years are as below:

Totals can be calculated from the information provided.

                  Newcastle                   Sunderland

 

2012/13     277,349                       496,450                       

2013/14     160,165                       467,884                       

2016/17     Nil *                             302,15 

* none premier league at that time. 

2.  No information held.  This is not recorded.

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