Councils to lobby government over budget caps

A raft of councils are embarking on a lobbying push to counter government plans to cap their budgets.

The move follows the Government’s announcement that four unitary authorities and two district councils, including Fenland and Shepway, have been earmarked for capping.

In addition, the Government announced that three police forces – Cumbria, West Mercia and Northamptonshire – and five fire authorities – Hereford and Worcestershire, Durham, Bedfordshire, Essex and Nottinghamshire – face similar intervention.

Nottingham City Council’s lead PRO on the issue, Tim Baggs, said that PA activity included working alongside the city’s MPs Graham Allen, John Heppell and Alan Simpson to convince the Government that the cap is unnecessary. ‘The lobbying we do now is crucial,’ he commented.

Citigate Public Affairs is working on lobbying activity in Telford and Wrekin.

In Herefordshire, communications activity includes outlining the council’s argument that capping is unnecessary in the resident’s quarterly magazine Herefordshire Matters.

The Local Government Association has confirmed it will assist all authorities. It launched its own campaign against capping last week (PRWeek, 30 April).

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