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Ron Hogg, Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner, has set out his expectations in his response to the recent Government consultation. His response includes the need for the Government to be open about the impact of their proposals, which to date they have not been.
Ron said: "Unfortunately the Government chose not to publish any exemplifications showing what the impact of the formula will actually be, so the truth is none of us know at the moment. The uncertainty is concerning – especially given that we fully expect the Government to cut the amount of money available for policing over the next few years, in addition to changing how it is distributed.
It is important the Government recognises the amount of work the police do that is non-crime related, for instance helping people with mental health issues, people missing from home, and public order."
The new funding formula must reflect all types of demand on the police, in particular the work they do to prevent crime and safeguard the public, including the additional needs required for rural areas.
The Government needs to take into account the potential impact of the finances of individual forces and consider very carefully the implications of the future of cost to police budgets.
You can view the covering letter to Mike Penning MP, and Ron Hogg's response to the Funding Formula consultation, on the links below:
Posted on Tuesday 15th September 2015