Implementing the smoking ban in England will cost
taxpayers, restaurateurs and pub landlords at least £100 million more
than the Government originally budgeted.
Department of Health estimated that the bill for the ban, that comes
into force in a month's time, would run to £1.6 billion, and on that basis NuLab passed legislation.
New figures show that the Health Department significantly underestimated.
it set aside £1 million for “education/communication” on the law, but
now admits that the total budget for advertising the ban on television,
billboards and leaflets stands at £8.7 million.
also calculated that enforcement would cost no more that £8 million.
However, it has already allocated £29.5 million to local authorities to
train and hire enforcement officers.
Most significantly, it estimated the implementation costs for workplaces would be “minimal”.
The British Beer and Pub Association alone says that its
members have already spent at least £70 million on converting their
premises. The cost of lost business is estimated to be far higher, with
Britain's biggest brewer, Scottish & Newcastle, reckoning £10
million will be wiped off its profits.
Association predicts that 200 bingo halls will close after the ban.
Some 50 per cent of bingo players smoke, twice the national average. (source)
The cost of Government social engineering is huge. In financial terms it seems that the NHS cannot get their figures right (but that is becoming the norm right across this government), based on hugely underestimated or even perhaps fabricated costs to get the legislation through, but in human terms the cost to businesses, jobs and peoples right to an informed choice is overwhelming.
But as we know, Tony Blair's legacy will always be that he is right at any cost in building his Neo-Nazi society, the civil rights of individuals always come second.
NuLab – Destroying Britain from the inside out.