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HOWARD BACKS DOWN ON POLICE FIGURES

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The government has backed down over its refusal to release details of next year's policing budget, after the local ...
The government has backed down over its refusal to release details of next year's policing budget, after the local authority associations considered court action.

Home secretary Michael Howard had refused to follow the normal procedure of publishing provisional budgets for the coming year. The associations believed he was trying to hide the impact of a new funding formula.

But on Monday, at the Consultative Council for Local Government Finance, Mr Gummer promised the government would publish the figures in 'the next 10 days or so'.

Robin Wendt, speaking on behalf of the counties' Committee of Local Police Authorities, welcomed the climbdown. 'We trust the normal consultation process will now resume,' he said.
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