Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping today admitted that tough times lie ahead as the Government announced a fresh wave of police funding cuts.
Chancellor George Osborne revealed a catalogue of proposed savings in the Commons in his spending review for 2015/16. Included in his plan is a 6% cut to the Home Office resource budget, although the final figure for policing will not be available until the autumn. However, Mr Osborne said the police counter-terrorism budget would not be cut while there would be an increase of 3.4% in the intelligence services budget.
Total Government spending for 2015-15 will be £745bn. The latest spending round comprises £5bn of efficiency savings.
Reacting to the announcement, Commissioner Tipping said: “Once again policing will bear some of the impact of today’s tough decisions by the Chancellor, although what this will exactly mean we don’t yet know.
“As things currently stand, it looks like we will have a gap in 2015/16 of an additional £6m which comes on top of the forecasted £10.1m within our Medium Term Financial Plan and on top of the £42m (10%) we have had to find in the current Spending Review.
“While this announcement was somewhat expected, it doesn’t make the burden of identifying further cost savings any easier to manage. The truth is fresh cuts, following on from a period of colossal reductions in police investment, will eat into our scarce resources and affect our capacity to tackle crime.
“We will be consulting widely with the public in the near future about their priorities to help us negotiate these reductions so that we can continue to meet their expectations but the reality is there are challenging times ahead.
“So far we’ve been able to protect performance despite the cuts which is testament to the hard work of Nottinghamshire Police employees. Those same officers and staff will be particularly concerned about the fact the incremental payments will cease in 2015-16 and this will do little to help morale which is already low as a result of the government changes already implemented.”
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Posted on Wednesday 26th June 2013