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Ahead of a meeting on Monday (3 December 2012) with Home Secretary Theresa May, Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping is calling for a fair deal when it comes to funding policing in the county.
All the newly elected Police and Crime Commissioners have been asked to gather for a ‘welcome’ event with the Home Secretary and it is expected that many Commissioners will take the opportunity to highlight the challenges posed by 20% cuts to funding. In Nottinghamshire these are aggravated by the current funding formula which will see the budget lose out on £13.5m next year.
The Commissioner explained his viewpoint: “I am simply seeking a fair deal for Nottinghamshire. If the Government’s own funding formula was applied correctly, Nottinghamshire alone would be £13.5m better off next year which would ease the financial pressure significantly.
“Commissioners across the country are facing incredibly difficult choices and I hope that the Autumn Statement and subsequent police settlement will take the implications for policing into account. I want people to be safe, to feel safe and I don’t believe that ongoing funding cuts will help. I have pledged to put 150 police officers back on the streets of Nottinghamshire – if we had parity in police funding I would be in a position to increase this figure.”