West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has welcomed the recognition by the Policing Minister Mike Penning MP that there needs to be a ‘fundamental review now’ of the funding formula for Police Forces. The Minister made the intervention during a debate on the Police Force Grant in the House of Commons on February 10th.

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This year West Midlands Police will receive £43 million less than the formula says is required due to formula damping.

Welcoming the news Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has urged the Minister not to delay and get on with it straight away.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said,
“I am pleased that the Minister has recognised the need for a fundamental review into police funding and am even more pleased that he thinks that review should take place now.

“As the Minister recognised and told parliament that a review was needed now, I urge him not to delay and get on with it straight away.

“West Midlands Police is short changed by £43million a year by the Government’s own sums, if we were to get just a third of that money back we would still be harder hit than any other force, but able to do more to tackle the decline in officer numbers.

“I am not asking for more money to spent on policing nationally, I just want what the Government says we in the West Midlands need. It is a question of fairness, I want no more and no less than the West Midlands deserves.”

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