- the NBPA got £180,000 of our money last year, a doubling since 2003-04
- despite the fact that the organisation is a charity funded entirely with public money, no proper accounts have been filed since 2002-03
- it owes Greater Manchester Police £180,000 for a conference it ran (pic above)
- there are currently "no valid trustees"
I've just taken a look at what passes for the NBPA's annual report (here). The financial report is shocking in its inadequacy, largely comprising a whine about how the Home Office doesn't give them enough cash, and how they lack "a sponsorship champion".
Now you may say that the not-fit-for-purpose Home Office has got a cheek questioning the accounts of the NBPA. After all, its own accounts are so shambolic they were qualified by the National Audit Office.
But what we should all find shocking is the fact that a black police officers' trade union is getting any public money.
I had no idea I was being made to pay for this. Did you? I thought not.
PS As regular BOM readers will recall, this is by no means the first case of taxpayers being forced to fund trade unions. As we blogged here, Labour are giving the unions £10m of our money in exchange for their continued financial support of Labour.