Public bodies and government agencies are set to receive almost £100m from the UK Government in a ‘COP26 dividend’, it can be revealed.
Funding frenzy for the COP26 as £87m to public bodies has been signed off by the UK Government already, with that figure likely to be closer to £100m after the climate change conference is over.
Police Scotland, by far the largest beneficiary due to the increased officer presence and planning for policing the conference, is set to receive at least £65.5m from the UK Government in additional funding.
Police Scotland estimate an overtime bill of £20m, meaning that extra money is being spent ensuring custody centres are able to cope with the processing capacity of the number of arrests expected.
The Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service is all set for custody cases as each party to the criminal justice change prepare for the increase in work, meaning that COP26 is the highlight money spinner of the year for all involved in the Scottish Criminal Justice Service.
Previously disclosed correspondence between the government also sets out additional funding for the criminal justice system, totalling around £11.5m.
In emails between officials, one Scottish Government official outlines approximate costs to the criminal justice system in Scotland from COP26 as equalling around £11.5m, with £2m being given to the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service.
The Crown Office is also set to receive additional funding from the UK Government, as is the Scottish Prison Service, according to the memorandum of understanding between the two governments.
Silence from The Scottish Government, who refused to comment on what its official plans for the conference were, or what it had budgeted for the event, despite a freedom of information request.
It’s clearly apparent despite £100m heading into Scottish Public Bodies, the Criminal Justice Service are heating up to line their and their ‘justice partners’ nests as the preparations for a high Police Presence will no doubt have Senior Officers having high arrest targets to ensure maximum revenue income from the unsuspecting protester.
However, one Scottish Government spokesperson said: “We have been working very closely with the UK Government and partners, including Glasgow City Council and Police Scotland, to deliver a safe, secure and successful COP26 in November.”
Scottish Government and Police Scotland’s interpretation of delivering a safe, secure and successful COP26 in November will no doubt be benchmarked on the targets for the number of arrests anticipated.
Police Scotland Angels will have a high presence of Legal Observers at the COP26 event to educate men and women of their rights when they are approached or arrested by Police Scotland. Police have no powers to Stop And Account therefore you are not required to engage with them at all.
We will be distributing Human Rights cards, acting as point of contact, and keeping a keen eye on the usual intimidation tactics, brutality and vicious assaults employed by these public servants whose code of ethics is a far cry from their custom and practice.
On the back of the Human Rights card, fill out your name, address, date of birth and include the details of a Criminal Defence Solicitor you trust.
Be aware that duty solicitors are NEVER on your side.
Should masked thugs interrogate you for exercising your Human Right to roam, gather, protest etc. simply hand them this Human Right’s card.
Use your right to remain silent.
Should the situation escalate and you are arrested, use your one phone call to contact your solicitor.
DO NOT ENGAGE – REMAIN SILENT – HAND THIS CARD TO THE POLICE
Police Scotland Angels will have a presence there to ensure the liberty and Human Rights of men and women and provide Legal Observers for public protection these thugs should ultimately be protecting members of the public not just these ‘elites’ because they have decided to descend on Glasgow for a jolly.
Come to Glasgow, enjoy the city but remember STAY SAFE and DO NOT ENGAGE with unlawful STOP and ACCOUNTS.
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