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CHANGED CAPPING CRITERIA FOR MET FIRE AUTHORITIES

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Revised provisional capping criteria for the six metropolitan fire and civil defence authorities outside London hav...
Revised provisional capping criteria for the six metropolitan fire and civil defence authorities outside London have been announced by local government minister David Curry.

'My original proposals would have limited single service fire and civil defence authorities that are budgeting above their Standard Spending Assessment to an increase in budget compared to 1994/95 of a half per cent.

'I now propose to revise the provisional capping criteria that apply to the metropolitan fire and civil defence authorities. The effect of my intended criteria is:

- any increase in budget of more than 2% over 1994/95 would be considered excessive if it gives rise to a budget requirement above the authority's SSA

- any increase of more than 1 1/4% would be considered excessive if it gives rise to a budget requirement over 5% above SSA

- any increase of more than 1/2% would be considered excessive if it gives rise to a budget requirement over 10% above SSA

'The capping criteria are necessarily provisional. We cannot take decisions on capping until authorities have set their budgets for 1995/96,' said Mr Curry.

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