Lancs PCC Slams Policing Budget

14 December 2018, 06:27 | Updated: 14 December 2018, 06:34

Clive Grunshaw

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner says budgets are still being cut "too far and too fast."

The county's force has £18million in savings to be found over the next few years.

Clive Grunshaw says the government's funding announcement yesterday means they'll have to raise their part of the council tax bill by the maximum amount just to keep the service as it is.

Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner said: "Through this announcement the Government has once again failed to provide additional money towards front line policing, with any additional money from central Government covering the costs of the unfunded increase in police pensions, which undermined all previous planned budget assumptions.

"Once again the Government has passed the buck onto council tax payers and failed to address the concerns raised up and down the country that after eight years of budget cuts, removing £84m – equivalent to over 25% of the budget in 2010/11 - from policing in Lancashire with a further £18m still to find over the next few years.

"The ability to invest in our policing teams and meet the pressures on the service is completely reliant on raising Council Tax by the highest amount we can. The Government know this and once again are failing to be honest with the public, failing to address the actual cause which is years of austerity in policing.

"This announcement, whilst on the face of it a step in the right direction, doesn't come close to addressing the issues faced by Lancashire police after cutting too far and too fast for the last seven years."