Phoning the police’s ‘non-emergency number’ costs 15p – and it’s the caller who pays the bill. But reports claim the charge will be scrapped from April 2020. Vodafone has already pledged to get rid of the charge for its pay-as-you-go customers, and the Home Office has urged the carrier’s rivals to follow Vodafone’s example. Today, the Daily Telegraph has reported that the £5m has been pledged to make the service free. Currently, it costs 15 per call to ring 101, the number for reporting crimes if an emergency response is not required. It is also the contact number for local police staitons. The police do not receive any of the 15p per call fee. Baroness Newlove, the outgoing Victims Commissioner, had recommended reviewing the cost of calls to the non-emergency number to see whether they should be free. She told the Telegraph: “What concerned me was those on pay-as-you-go were particularly being penalised. “This cannot be right. We need to encourage the public to report crimes and making this service free is a step in the right direction. “I am glad the Home Office has listened.” Home Secretary Sajid Javid told the Telegraph: “Scrapping the charge for making a 101… Read full this story
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