I was just catching up on some TV programmes I had recorded, and watched a HIGNFY episode.
They stated on it that the average taxpayer pays 62 pence per year for the royal family; but £38.00 per year for legal aid.
Before I have an apoplexy, can someone confirm or deny this?
In other news, I emptied out an old locker recently, and found one of my favourite complaints, where a member of public had written in to complain after seeing me trying to arrest a violent drunk outside a pub in one of our town centres.
She had written that she was with her children and was disgusted to see me rolling around on the floor with the suspect, and that I should have used 'consideration' that there may be children present, and to think of the effect witnessing my arrest would have on their children.
My Inspector called me into the CAD (Control) room to give it to me, and just said "Here you go, you heartless bastard." Oh the hilarity.
EDIT - a poster called Stumo posted this:
http://lawgazette.co.uk/blogs/news-blog/the-true-cost-legal-aid-cuts says public funding of legal services is £2 billion per year
http://www.fool.co.uk/news/investing/2010/09/21/mr-average-taxpayer.aspx - there are 30.6 million income tax payers
simple division gives £65 per person; the "average" will be somewhat skewed from that, and the £2 billion may not just be legal aid - but it suggests it's in the right region...