Commenting on the Comprehensive Spending Review West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said,
“We need to carefully examine the statement to get the full details and what they mean for our funding.
“Properly funding counter terrorism work is crucial, however I have had it confirmed that the new funding could be at the expense of local neighbourhood policing which plays a crucial role in keeping people safe and also contributes to counter terrorism work.
“I have spoken to the Permanent Secretary at the Home Office who confirmed to me that there is only one policing budget. I am now seeking clear reassurance that increased funding for counter terrorism and their new objectives will not come from local forces.
“The government also announced plans for a new technology fund this will also be taken out of existing policing budgets, so that efficient forces like the West Midlands end up funding less efficient forces.
“The Chancellor’s announcement does not change the fact that West Midlands Police has been hit harder than any other force in the country, that we have had cuts of £130million since 2010 and have had to make difficult choices as a result.
“We will be examining the fine print of the statement and the funding allocation for West Midlands Police in December will provide us with more news.
“After the utter chaos of the Home Office’s funding formula review my confidence has been severely shaken in them and their promises.”Back to News Archive