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|Police budgets set to be capped |
(about 8 hours later)
Up to five police authorities in England will have their budgets capped, the government is expected to say.
The move is intended to curb rises considered excessive by ministers.
Among them is Lincolnshire police authority which increased its precept by nearly 80%, adding an extra Â£2 a week to the average council tax bill.
The Local Government Association said capping made no sense and could mean up to 40 councils having to send out lower bills at huge cost.
|Extra officers||Extra officers|
The government's powers to cap local tax increases apply to police and fire authorities, as well as councils.
BBC local government correspondent John Andrew said up to five police authorities would be told on Thursday their proposed increases were too high.
At the time Lincolnshire announced a precept rise of almost 80%, the chief constable praised the police authority for being brave and ending years of under funding.
|The authority said it would mean scores of extra police and community support officers.||The authority said it would mean scores of extra police and community support officers.|
|A government spokesman said ministers would not hesitate to protect council tax payers from excessive increases.||A government spokesman said ministers would not hesitate to protect council tax payers from excessive increases.|
|The authorities affected will have three weeks to lobby ministers before a final decision is taken.||The authorities affected will have three weeks to lobby ministers before a final decision is taken.|