Comment from Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping.
Following the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement which was delivered earlier today (Wednesday 5 December 2012), Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner said:
“These are tough times, and that means tough decisions. A budget reduction of 1% next year and 2% the following year imply further cuts to our Police force. Clearly we still need to see the full details of this statement and we still await the policing settlement which will be published later this month. However, in the New Year we will have to determine our first budget and allocating resources based on these figures.
“Unfortunately the Police and Crime budget for Nottinghamshire will be cut again in 2013/14 and in addition to this we are losing out on grant money we should actually receive. This is because when the Home Office calculates what grant Nottinghamshire needs each year, it then applies a “damping mechanism” which effectively removes £13.5m. This money then goes into other Commissioners’ funds whose need, according to the Home Office’s own calculations is significantly less. This is neither fair nor equitable.
“That said, I’m confident I will be able to fulfil my pledge of employing more Police Officers and PCSOs. I know that this is an important point of trust and confidence for the public and I will not let them down.”
Posted on Wednesday 5th December 2012