Magazine article Public Finance

Warwickshire Police Attack Capping Laws

Magazine article Public Finance

Warwickshire Police Attack Capping Laws

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A police authority has pointed to problems with the way local government finance legislation is framed after the government imposed a cap on its budget.

Local government minister Barbara Follett laid an order before Parliament to cap Warwickshire Police Authority's 2010/11 budget in advance last month, putting in place the legal measure that enforces the government's capping policy.

Follett also noted that capping action had been taken against two other police authorities - Leicestershire and Cheshire. But, unlike Warwickshire, which challenged the move, they accepted budget limits set by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Warwickshire's challenge to the capping process follows a row between DCLC and Surrev Police Authority last veni- that culminated in the SPA seeking a judicial review. The SPA's move failed and local councils were forced to rebill residents.

Oliver Winters, acting chief executive at Warwickshire Police Authority, which will set its 2010/11 budget on February 22. told Public Finance his organisation would not seek a judicial review.

But he said the authority had been caught out this year by the nature of the capping law. …

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