I have just received a call from the Treasurer of the Avon & Somerset Police Authority.
I queried why in the budget I received through the post,why it showed a tenfold increase from £2M in 2008/9 to £20m 2009/10 for Capital expenditure.
Tenfold ! We are in a small largely rural District Council
This was hurriedly explain as a refurbishment project for detention facilities that needed bringing up to 21st standards.
Pressing a little harder it turns out this is not a refurbishment project at all. It is a PFI project with the Home Office ( I did not get an answer as to where the money is going to be borrowed from and on what terms) to build ‘detention facilities’ near Motorways and in City Centres.
The State is building a lot more detention capability because it thinks it is going to need it.