Magazine article Public Finance

Row Continues over Cost of Met Anti-Terror Operations

Magazine article Public Finance

Row Continues over Cost of Met Anti-Terror Operations

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As Prime Minister Tony Blair tost a hotly debated Commons vote on the controversial plan to detain terrorist suspects for 90 days, the row escalated over who will pay for the anti-terror measures imposing an immense strain on police budgets.

Senior finance managers in the Metropolitan Police are struggling to close a £16m funding gap and have appealed to the Home Office for more funds quickly.

The Home Office has so far released E10m to help absorb some of the costs of Operation Theseus, the Met's response to the July 7 bombings in London. But extra daily costs of £155,000 are mounting up and the total cost is heading for £50m.

Met director of resources Keith Luck told Public Finance: 'The £10m we've received from the Home Office as a down payment isn't very useful. There's another E15m they ought to be paying. We really would have expected another payment by now. …

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