Published On: Fri, Sep 24th, 2021
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UK Lawmakers Say £10,000 COVID-19 Fines Should Be Scrappedon September 24, 2021 at 2:03 pm

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Police should not have been given the power to hand out COVID-19 fines up to £10,000 ($11,670), a British parliamentary committee has said. The UK government announced in August 2020 that those who organize or facilitate “illegal raves,” unlicensed music events, or other “unlawful gatherings” of over 30 people in England could face a “fixed penalty notice” of up to £10,000. The government said this level of fine was designed to act as a deterrent and to communicate the serious public health consequences of holding such an event. But in a report published on Friday, the Justice Committee of the House of Commons said such large fines should not be decided by a police officer or a council official, and should only be handed out by a court. “A £10,000 fine for a criminal offence is a penalty so large that only a court should issue it,” the committee said. …

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