Given that we are in the age of austerity and in a financial hole that, according to Vince Cable, we will take years to dig ourselves out of it is surprising to learn that the police are paying marketing companies approximately £1M a year to carry out "customer satisfaction" surveys.
It seems that, according to figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, two of the largest suppliers of market research analysis to the police are Bostock Marketing Group (BMG) and Swift research. In total they received approximately £700K from the police (ermm..taxpayer) last year.
The research consist of the companies cold calling members of the public who have had dealings with the police (eg reporting a crime etc).
How do the companies obtain the details?
The police hand over approximately 30,000 names each month to the companies.
Do the police ask permission first?
Ermmm...if media reports are accurate, the police do not ask permission first.
All this on the day that Britain's credit rating has been downgraded by a Chinese rating agency, thus increasing the cost of debt repayments.
Maybe we wouldn't be in such a large hole if Nanny stopped wasting so much of our money?
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