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Press Statement from the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners

National Audit Office (NAO) Report published 4 June 2015

Following publication of the National Audit Office Report regarding Financial Sustainability in the police, Paddy Tipping, Chair of the APCC Standing Group: Resources, Efficiency and Strategic Finance and Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire said:

“We welcome this report on financial sustainability in the police. It makes an important contribution to the debate on resourcing the service. 

“The timing of the report at the beginning of the Parliament, before the Budget in July, and at the start of departmental negotiations in relation to the Comprehensive Spending Review is helpful.

“The report recognises the substantial savings already made whilst highlighting the challenges ahead.  Different Forces have faced varying levels of cuts and it’s clear that in the future there will need to be substantial restructuring and reorganisation.

“Whilst Forces have Reserves, the NAO recognises that in eight of the nine Forces visited these will be used in future years to aid restructuring.  Balances are not uncommitted funds.

“Clearly the Home Office needs to both have a greater understanding of the problems faced by individual Forces and to better recognise signs of stress and viability.”

David Lloyd, Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner and Vice-Chair of the Standing Group added: "Our relationship with the Home Office has always been positive. We remain determined to deliver a service which is locally focussed."  

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Media Enquiries
For Paddy Tipping, contact Sallie Blair on 01283 821 012 / 07702 541 401
For the APCC, contact Simon Efford, Senior Policy Officer, 07703 124175

 

 

Posted on Thursday 4th June 2015
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