Councils are to be banned from using CCTV cameras to issue parking tickets. The move, to be announced by Eric Pickles next month, comes after figures show that councils have collected an extra £80m a year from parking tickets in the past seven years, with some more than trebling their income last year alone. The figures, from the Communities Department, show that town halls’ income from parking tickets rose from £275.6m in 2005-6 to £352.8m in 2012-13, an increase of almost 30%. In the 12 months to April 2013, the income rose by 4% from £340.4m. Mr Pickles said: “The law is clear that parking charges and fines should not be used by local authorities to raise revenue. Public confidence is strengthened in CCTV if it is used to tackle crime, not to generate cash."