Yet more Government cuts criticised by the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner(18 Dec 2013)

Relentless, severe and continued cuts by central Government to West Yorkshire Police budgets have been criticised by the Police and Crime Commissioner forWest Yorkshire.

The Home Office police grant figures released today (WED) mean that West Yorkshire Police has to find more than £33.5million in savings next year, on top of the £75m already made in the last three years.

The overall level of cuts needed by 2016/17 is now forecast at around £154million, an £11million jump from what was previously forecast.

Mark Burns-Williamson slammed the latest cuts which he said did not recognise the reality of policing on the streets, and the levels of demand faced by forces like West Yorkshire Police.

"I have pledged to protect frontline policing as far as possible and will continue to do that to ensure we are making communities safer and feeling safer," he said.

"But these cuts are deep and damaging and go too far.

"In spite of repeatedly pointing out the unfairness of the way cuts are made by Government, every force area continues to get the same percentage reduction in grant.

"West Yorkshirerelies much more heavily on government grant, which pays for around 80per cent of our spending.  We are therefore hit much harder by the cuts than other areas, a point recognised by the HMIC in their recent report. 

"I will do absolutely everything I can to protect jobs, but the level of cuts here already mean that services will be compromised and difficult decisions will have to be made as there are only so many efficiencies that the police force can make and the government keeps on changing the goalposts every year."

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