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Budget passed

Harlow council in Essex defied Government spending limits and set a budget pounds 7.6m above official guidelines. But the pounds 18.2m budget agreed will still mean the loss of 176 jobs and other cuts. The council must wait to see if the Government accepts the budget or caps the authority and insists on pounds 10.59m spending in line with the standard assessment.