West Yorkshire Police Funding of 20% To Be Achieved (20 Dec 2012)

Core funding from Government for the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner has now been announced as £331.7m for 2013/14 as compared with £337.1m for the current year.

This is a reduction in cash terms of over £5m (or 1.6%) before taking into account real terms inflationary pressures for things like fuel and utilities.

The government remains on track to reduce police funding by the 20% announced in the 2010 Spending Review.

No figures have yet been announced for 2014/15 and there remains real concern that additional cuts over and above the 20% will be required.

Another area of concern relates to Community Safety Funding.  Grants are currently provided to both the police service and a range of partners to promote community safety initiatives, and some very valuable work is being delivered across the county with this money.

Nationally the total grant is being reduced by 25%, from £120m to £90m, and the funds paid directly to Commissioners to enable them to commission services aimed at local priorities and objectives.

The extent of the reduction and the lack of clarity from the Home Office about the existing funding streams being amalgamated into the new fund means that some difficult decisions will need to be taken by the Commissioner in the New Year to inform both his budget and the Police and Crime Plan, which has to be agreed by 31 March 2013.

Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson is urging as many people as possible to fill out his Listening To You First consultation survey to ensure the public's priorities are matched in the Police and Crime Plan.

He has already made a firm commitment to passport available community safety funding to organisations for next year, but the significant cut in funding for community safety will have a serious impact across West Yorkshire.

The Listening To You First consultation survey can be found at http://www.smart-survey.co.uk/v.asp?i=64082bmteo

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