Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping is continuing his fight for sufficient police funding from the Government to give Nottinghamshire residents a better deal.
Mr Tipping was one of a number of newly-elected Police and Crime Commissioners to put forward his concerns about dwindling funds and the potential impact on performance to the Home Secretary at a meeting last month. Following the event, the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) has now formalised the arguments expressed during the meeting in a written submission to the Home Secretary. The aim is to influence future funding decisions and fight for an improved deal which will offer greater protection to community policing in Nottinghamshire and elsewhere in the country.
Nottinghamshire has endured a 20% cut to its budget which has been exacerbated by the current funding formula utilised by the Government which means it will lose out on £10.5m this year. Under current arrangements we will continue to lose out by this amount on top of grant cuts, until the funding formula is fully implemented which there is no plan to do.
Commissioner Tipping said: “The stringent cost-cutting exercise which has enabled us to balance the books in the past is simply no longer viable if we are to continue keeping people safe and delivering the kind of visible and accessible policing people rightly expect of us.
“The £10.5m we should be entitled to this year could throw much-needed meat on the bone in terms of our frontline and provide valuable reassurance to the public. Such are the risks posed to public safety from inadequate funding that I’ve fought hard to bring an additional 150 police officers to our streets. While these posts will fill the immediate gap in strength, greater investment is needed to achieve some of the goals the Government itself had visualised for PCCs.”
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Posted on Monday 13th May 2013