£500k on TVS for pris­on­ers

MIRTH

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SCOT­TISH Prison Ser­vice (SPS) chiefs have come un­der fire af­ter spend­ing £500,000 on flat-screen TVs for jail­birds.

A to­tal of 1,600 new 19-inch sets – with 20 built-in dig­i­tal chan­nels, DVD and CD play­ers – are be­ing in­stalled across Scot­land’s 13 pub­licly-funded pris­ons.

The SPS has de­fended the up­grade, in­sist­ing it will SAVE the tax­payer £80,000 on en­ergy bills.

But the move was branded “un­nec­es­sary” by spend­ing watch­dog the Tax­Pay­ers’ Al­liance.

Cam­paign man­ager Robert Ox­ley said: “Many or­di­nary tax­pay­ers are un­able to af­ford flash new TV sets, so it’s not right that in­mates are treated to ex­pen­sive lux­u­ries.”

A spokesman for SPS said: “The pur­chase of new low-en­ergy TVs will be cost neu­tral to SPS.”

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