Community Safety Fund Extended (4 Oct 2013)

At a major partnership event attended by over 100 delegates, Mark Burns-Williamson the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire announced his intention to extend the current level of funding to partners for a further six months, in advance of a new approach to commissioning services from 1 October 2014.  This equates to roughly £2.6m of funding. 

Currently £5.2m has been awarded to partners for 2013/14, including the five community safety partnerships, drugs intervention programmes and youth offending teams in each local authority area, the voluntary sector through Safer Future Communities and the four West Yorkshire Positive Futures programmes for young people in Bradford, Calderdale, Keighley and Leeds.

In announcing the extension Mark said: "Commissioning is a new responsibility for police and crime commissioners and this brings with it an opportunity to transform, innovate and improve services to meet my aim of ensuring that communities in West Yorkshire are safer and feel safer.  The involvement of the regional procurement police team will be involved throughout to help develop the process. 

"It is important to fully understand what communities need and how partners can best work together to deliver services to achieve these outcomes. An extra six months will enable me to continue working closely with partners to review the progress to date in meeting the community outcomes and put the processes in place for commissioning a range of services. 

"I am particularly pleased to be able to continue the funding for partners at the same level as 2013/14, following 60% cuts by Government for funding Community Safety Partners between 2010 and 2013.  This announcement will help to reassure valued partners across all sectors of my commitment to work with them across the shared agenda of keeping our communities safe and to coincide with my responsibility for the commissioning of victims support services from October 2014".

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