Responding to the Government’s announcement on police funding for 2020-21, Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa said:
“I’m pleased that we can now present our budget report with some degree of certainty when we meet the Police and Crime Panel tomorrow. It was a little close to the wire.
“We obviously need to work through the small print to see exactly what today’s announcement means. However, the headline figures appear to be along the lines on which we based the budget we are presenting to the Panel, but I am aware that the devil can often be found in the detail.
“In broad terms, the Government is funding the promised uplift in officer numbers which amounts to something in the region of 85 officers for Derbyshire over the next year. However, we will still need to meet at least some of the cost of the rather significant inflationary pressures. In short, the financial position is not as rosy as we would wish and I will continue to lobby for increased funding from central sources.
“I am hopeful that we will have more certainty on funding for the future after the Comprehensive Spending Review and the three-year budget forecast, which should give us clearer long-term indicators.
“However, things could be worse. The good news for Derbyshire communities is that this settlement means that the professional opinion of the Chief Constable, expressed so eloquently in his open letter, can be addressed and we can continue to strengthen neighbourhood policing, which I know is what matters most to Derbyshire residents.”
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Posted on Wednesday 22nd January 2020