Mr Coppinger said: "The precept increase is part of a medium-term financial strategy
to move Cleveland Police forward and deliver savings and effi-ciencies.
35% into their medium-term financial strategy
for this non election year.
We have sought assurances from the GOC that they are not wilfully expanding their activities and that, at long last, they have in place a medium-term financial strategy
to ensure that their fees start to level out for the following year, because a third successive massive increase would indicate an organisation now out of control:'
The Audit Commission's draft report - leaked to the Evening Telegraph - criticised the council for not making it clear it had pounds 90m in reserves, not having a medium-term financial strategy
and not putting all the facts and figures before councillors in its budget-setting process.
The financial challenges for the council do not end with agreement on this budget; the prospects for 2010/11 are just as challenging and work on the medium-term financial strategy
has already started.
Mr Nicklin's report to councillors said: "The council has taken effective action over the past two years to ensure that its medium-term financial strategy
, budgets and capital programme are soundly based and are designed to deliver its priorities.
The Delors Report seems to have been influenced by the philosophy of the UK's Medium-term Financial Strategy
as developed in the early 1980s.
63pc increase takes into account the financial standing of the authority, the need to use earmarked reserves to smooth pension costs, the spending pressures identified in the medium-term financial strategy
, and the threat of capping.
Thus our forecasts are not constrained to produce the totals for spending or for borrowing implied by the Medium-term Financial Strategy
Next year's budget for the unitary Northumberland Council is a critical one, as it will require around pounds 28m in savings to launch the authority on its medium-term financial strategy
APPRAISAL When the first Medium-Term Financial Strategy
(MTFS) was presented in 1980 it set out a clear statement of policy aims and how they were to be achieved.