Wullie Rennie And The Policing Bill That Never Was

In late 2014 The Daily Record, the Morning Star and the Herald all reported that the Liberal Democrats owed Police Scotland £800,000 for providing policing at its 2013 conference. This unpaid bill was (and still is) regularly banded around on social media but it simply isn’t true.

While Police Scotland does provide policing at large-scale public events in order to maintain public order and prevent breaches of the peace, there was no £800,000 policing bill sent to the Lib Dems and no request for them to pay any such amount was made.

Police Scotland confirmed this in a Freedom of Information request via the WhatDoTheyKnow website and the original reply can be viewed online at –https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/236796/response/588113/attach/3/2014%202277%20final%20response.pdf – I share this as I have seen a few people I know sharing this and when we are debating about Scotland’s future, it is important that we are accurate.