Police Commissioner condemns "grossly unfair" funding statement
Bob Jones has condemned the police funding announcement as
The Home Secretary announced on 19 December Government funding
levels for the Police Service for the next financial year.
There has been no movement towards receiving the full funding share
in the West Midlands. The West Midlands grant levels for next
year means the levels of reductions required increase from
£24million to over £25 million.
Bob Jones, the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner,
"The police funding announcements for the West Midlands are
extremely disappointing. There has been no movement on grant
damping rules. This means the people of the West Midlands
will continue to be penalised to reward areas with much lower
policing demands and needs. This is grossly unfair and I will
continue to seek support for the Fair Funding Campaign for West
Midlands Police Service.
"The grant levels next year now mean that cuts of over £25m will
have to be made to our budgets. It is still my intention to
explore ways in which we can put more officers on the streets,
through some modest recruitment to include special constables in
the next financial year, and by looking at opportunities to free up
police officers from back room functions by creating more police
staff posts. Hopefully this will create job opportunities for
police staff who would otherwise be faced with redundancy.
"I also want to review the contentious issue of forcing police
officers to retire when they have completed thirty years' service,
but the financial settlement means it will probably have to be
deferred to beyond the next financial year.
"The overall financial picture remains extremely challenging. I
am now having urgent meetings with the Chief Constable and senior
officers to prepare a budget and precept for 2013/14 to present to
the Police and Crime Panel on 21 January 2013. I will seek to
strike a careful balance between: what needs to be spent to
provide the police service which the people of the West Midlands
say they need and want; the wholly inadequate levels of Government
funding and what it is reasonable to ask local taxpayers to