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PCC Alan Charles responds to police settlement announcement

Responding to today’s announcement from the Home Office on provisional financial allocations for police forces, Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles said:

“The position is not as bad as we feared and I welcome that fact.  But, in a nutshell, the settlement announced today does mean a reduction to the police grant for Derbyshire in the region of £600,000.  To maintain our cash-neutrality, it will require an increase in the amount local taxpayers pay towards policing through their council tax if the force is not to be faced with a further government inspired reduction in funds. 

“I’m pleased that the Government listened to Police and Crime Commissioners, Police Chiefs and security experts in the UK post the terrible events in Paris and performed a U-turn on the widely-anticipated further cuts to our funding in the Comprehensive Spending Review.  This brings a positive Christmas message for Derbyshire as today’s announcement means there will be no further foreseeable job losses at Derbyshire Constabulary. 

“It’s early days and we need to look closely at the details and do the mathematics, but at first sight, I am cautiously optimistic that the position is a lot better than it could have been.” 

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Download the written statement from Rt Hon Mike Penning MP http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2015-12-17/HCWS426

Media Enquiries:  Sallie Blair, 01283 821012  

Posted on Thursday 17th December 2015
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