The flea inspector.
The flea inspector who?
The flea inspector who can enter your home — without a warrant.
Published today, Entry Allowed? (PDF) highlights the full extent of the wildly out of control powers of entry available to local authorities throughout the UK, where a total of 19,375 local authority officials hold powers of entry – an average of 45 in each of our local authorities.
The worst offenders include Northumberland and Leeds local councils, both of which have more than 500 officials with powers of entry, whilst Hertfordshire, Chorley and Cornwall all have more than 300.
The research comes at a time of escalating concern over state encroachment onto personal freedoms, and will do nothing to ease the minds of a public who have borne the brunt of policy maker’s recent attempts to change the relationship between the state and the individual.
Despite the Conservative’s manifesto pledge to cut back “intrusive powers of entry”, there remain more than 1,400 powers that allow public officials to enter private property. We believe this issimply unacceptable. Unless life or property is in imminent danger, there is no justification for officials to be able to enter a property without a warrant. Additionally, as our research highlights, it is not only the number of powers that should be under review, but so should the number of staff who are able to use them. We therefore propose, as a result of this research, that:
- The number of individuals with powers of entry should be reviewed.
- A system of statutory protection must be implemented in order to defend the public from over-zealous or illegal use of powers of entry.
- An enforceable Code of Practice for powers of entry must be published as a matter of urgency.
The full report (PDF) includes detailed information on every local authority.