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Thames Valley Police has £110k music bill
9:30am Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
Thames Valley Police has spent more than £110,000 on allowing staff and officers to listen to music while at work and for ceremonies over the past three years.
A Freedom of Information request revealed the figure the force had paid to PRS for Music from 2010 to 2013.
The PRS – formerly the Performing Rights Society – collects royalties for composers, songwriters and publishers and gives licences for music to be played in public places.
In 2010/11 Thames Valley Police paid £36,064 and in 2011/12 it rose to £37,361. Last year – 2012/12 – it spent £36,655 on the licence.
The force was asked if it was reviewing the amount spent on the licences and it responsed: “It is a requirement of all public sector organisations to pay this fee so no review is appropriate.”
It comes after Her Majesty’s Inspectorate this year praised the force’s bid to cut £56.3m funding from 2011 to 2015.
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