Home Office denies 2012 Games security overspend

The cost of security at the 2012 London Olympics will be delivered on-budget, say Home Office officials, despite accusations that it could rise to more than £2bn.

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A report in Friday's Evening Standard (8 January) suggested tougher anti-terrorist measures to protect the 2012 Games are expected to send the security bill soaring above its current £600m budget.

If true, it would give hundreds of security firms across Britain the chance to get involved in the Games.

Yet a Home Office spokesperson told Event: "We are confident that the Olympic Safety and Security programme will be delivered within the £600m envelope, which has been set aside for the additional costs of ensuring the safety and security of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games."

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