Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles today welcomed confirmation in Chancellor George Osborne’s annual Budget that Derbyshire Police is to be protected from any further cuts in Government funding for 2013/14.
“This means that we will receive the allocations that were set out in the Police Grant Report 2013/14,” Mr Charles said.
“But the bad news is that the Chancellor’s decision to cut the entire Home Office budget in 2014/15 by 1% means that the Force could lose a further £1m of funding on top of the £12m we have lost so far.
“We don’t know the exact figures yet, which means that currently we are uncertain just how deeply our police service will be affected in the next two financial years.”
Home Secretary Theresa May has written to Mr Charles to say that she needs to scrutinise all Home Office budgets and consider how savings in 2014/15 can be delivered across the department before she can determine what yesterday’s Budget Statement will mean for the police.
Mr Charles commented: “The Home Secretary has said that her priority continues to be protecting the frontline as far as possible – a priority which Derbyshire citizens have told me is very much at the heart of achieving safer neighbourhoods.
“This is why I have already earmarked funding in my budget not only to maintain the current level of frontline policing to also protect police officer numbers in future years.”
The Chancellor’s cancellation of the planned fuel duty rise for September will be of help to the Force – a move welcomed by the Commissioner.
Other effects on the police include extending a public pay sector pay squeeze of 1% into 2015/16. This should save money in forecasts since many had assumed the squeeze would be higher by then.
Implications of the move to a single pension from 2016 following the increase to employer national insurance contributions have not yet been established.
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Posted on Thursday 21st March 2013