PCC writes to Home Secretary - "£96 million cuts to police forces, despite promise to protect funding"
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has
written to the Home Secretary about cuts to police funding
totalling nearly £100 million.
Analysis shows police force's government funding will actually be
cut by more than £96 million next year, despite the high-profile
government promise that police funding will be protected. The Home
Office is including potential increases in council tax with actual
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson
"The Policing Minister is trying to say that council tax paid by
hard working people is in fact direct funding. It is a kick in the
teeth to council tax payers and just not correct.
"The Policing Minister is trying to cover up his cuts and cling to
the myth that police funding has been protected - it hasn't. The
public may see this as a deception. He needs to set the record
"Funding to local police forces is falling whatever tricks the
government may employ.
"I wish they'd just be honest and admit it. Across the country
local police forces are facing more than £96 million in cuts than
the year before from the government, which equates to a potential
reduction of 2,014 police officers."
2016/17 - local police force's funding from government:
2017/18 - local police force's funding from government:
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson's
letter to the Home Secretary: