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AUTHORITIES LOBBY DoE, HOME OFFICE FOR INCREASED SPENDING

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Northamptonshire chief constable Chris Fox and senior Conservative Sir Peter Fry, MP for Wellingborough, have met h...
Northamptonshire chief constable Chris Fox and senior Conservative Sir Peter Fry, MP for Wellingborough, have met home office officials to argue for more cash for the county's police authority, reports BBC Northampton.

They say the county is being treated unfairly and argued for a review of the way in which spending levels are calculated.

Other delegations are lining up to visit ministers and officials to seek increased spending limits according to local radio stations around the country.

Among reports today BBC Three Counties says a delegation from Bedfordshire CC will meet Local Government Minister David Curry on Thursday.

It is facing a budget shortfall of£15 million and today embarks on a series of consultation meetings around the county asking the public which services it wants protected and whether they would be prepared to pay more to protect them and jobs.

A delegation of the four party group leaders on Oxfordshire CC, accompanied by chief executive John Harwood and county treasurer Christopher Gray, will today meet junior environment minister John Clappiston to argue for an increase in the authority's spending limit.

Mr Harwood told BBC Thames Valley FM this was the beginning of a process to influence government. Oxfordshire was the third-lowest spending county council yet it faced a shortfall of£22 million, or the equivalent of the entire current budgets of the fire brigade and library service.

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