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Hardyal Dhindsa, Derbyshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, responds to Chancellor's statement today

“This is an affront to those public sector workers who have worked tirelessly, often in public facing situations, to keep people safe.  I recognise the financial challenges this extraordinary Covid-created situation has caused, but I do not believe that the police should be penalised, just because the Government can.

Whilst little detail was given in the statement the Chancellor confirmed that the police uplift programme will continue, albeit at a slower pace, with the planned recruitment of 6,000 new police officers in the next financial year.

This is one positive I can take from today’s announcements, but I am concerned that despite the promise of flexibility when it comes to the council tax precept, we will face funding reductions if our police grant is not increased by inflation at least.  Failing to increase the police grant by inflation simply passes the bill to the local taxpayer.  That can’t be fair.

I was heartened to hear that there is additional investment planned for the Criminal Justice System. This is long overdue, I’ve been saying that very loudly all year.  I hope at least some of it is invested where Derbyshire can benefit.

Obviously more detail will emerge in the coming days and weeks, but one thing is clear, the financial position is not healthy and I will do everything in my power to protect the policing service for Derbyshire.”

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Posted on Wednesday 25th November 2020
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