Responding to the Provisional Police Grant announced today, Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa, said:
“The Government, once again, is not being entirely transparent. The extra £450m investment in policing announced today totally ignores the fact that more than 50% of this is based on the proviso that local taxpayers will pay more towards policing.
“Putting the burden on local taxpayers and Police and Crime Commissioners is wrong, claiming this to be part of a major investment in policing is pure spin.
“While I welcome the opportunity to raise some much-needed additional funding, I am very disappointed that we have been forced to pass the responsibility for this on to local residents.
“That said, I don’t believe we are in a position to simply ignore this option. You only have to look at incidents such as the counter-terrorism operation taking place in Chesterfield today to appreciate how absolutely critical it is that policing is funded adequately.
“This means that we will have some tough decisions in the weeks ahead which is why I will continue to press for an uplift in funding from Central Government.”
Provisional Grant Report available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/provisional-police-grant-report-2018-to-2019
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Posted on Tuesday 19th December 2017