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PCC calls for Independent Board to develop funding proposals


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DURHAM's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is calling for future proposals for police funding to be drawn up by an independent board.

Ron Hogg has written to Policing Minister, Mike Penning, asking Ministers to appoint a Board independent of Government to take evidence and consider proposals, so that the formula can have the confidence of PCCs and Chief Constables.

Mr Hogg has joined eleven other PCCs from across the country and across the political spectrum, in signing the letter.

Mr Hogg was recently critical of the Home Office when it was revealed that crucial errors in their work meant that their proposals would have resulted in a £13m funding loss for Durham, had they gone ahead.

Whilst, thanks to the work of many of our local MPs, the Minister was forced to apologise and scrap the existing proposals, Mr Hogg says it is now crucial that the Home Office sit up and listen and avoid repeating the mistakes that they have made.

Mr Hogg said: “The whole process has been a shambles, and I am one of several PCCs who have lost confidence in the ability of the Home Office to construct a funding system which is fair, transparent, and in which we can have confidence.

"That is why I have added my name to the growing chorus of PCCs who would like to see this work carried independently and in the open, taking views from a wide range of sources.

"It is crucial, for instance, that they recognise all the demands placed on the police and not just crime. I am determined to work hard to secure a good result for the people of County Durham and Darlington."

Posted on Tuesday 17th November 2015
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