‘Big Brother government’ costs £20bn

The cost of "Big Brother government" is costing almost £20bn to create, says The TaxPayers Alliance in a report.

The cost of "Big Brother government" is costing almost £20bn to create, says The TaxPayers Alliance in a report.

This amount works out at almost £800 per household and includes spending on the introduction of ID cards (£19bn), CCTV (£500m), and the DNA database (£300m).

It also includes "Chip and bin" refuse schemes and the misuse of anti-terror laws by local authorities to snoop on citizens (£68m).

The TaxPayers Alliance says, "A real boost to counter-terrorism efforts could be made by spending a fraction of the £20bn on schemes that would have real, tangible benefits at little or no cost to taxpayers."

These measures include the introduction of a national border police force that would record when people enter and leave the country. The Government has estimated that it would cost £104m a year to provide 24-hour cover at all ports of entry to the UK.

The Alliance is also calling for the replacement of CCTV with improved street lighting. This could be funded entirely from the savings made by reducing the number of CCTV cameras.

It also wants the allowance of intercept evidence in court , which would "represent a negligible cost".

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