Council owned assets

June 02, 2015 8:12 AM

New research from the TaxPayers' Alliance today demonstrates that councils up and down the United Kingdom are hoarding assets as diverse as golf courses and a model railway despite the scale of Britain's financial challenge.

Key findings of the research are that, as of April 1st 2014:

  • Local authorities own at least 580 restaurants or cafes, along with 378 pubs.
  • Brighton and Hove City Council own 59 restaurants or cafes
  • Birmingham City Council counts 17 pubs in its asset portfolio
  • Councils own 174 hotels, with Bristol City Council and Eastbourne Borough Councilowning 9 each
  • Local authorities own 2,586 farms, 259 theatres, 191 shopping centres and an astounding 7,294 shops
  • Councils own at least 407 golf courses, with Barnet Borough Council alone owning 10

Read the full research note here
Find the full data, including a complete regional and local breakdown, here

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