RAW DEAL: Peterborough's police force '˜not at level playing field'

Peterborough's police force is 'not starting from a level playing field' as it is one of the lowest funded forces in the country per person.

Sunday, 11th March 2018, 11:00 am
Updated Monday, 12th March 2018, 11:19 am
Jaosn Ablewhite

Analysis by the Peterborough Telegraph of funding for police forces in 2018/19 shows Cambridgeshire Constabulary will receive £78.4 million to spend, which works out at £94.4 per person.

However, this places the force seventh bottom out of 39 forces in England and pales into insignificance in comparison to the Met (£200.2 per person), Merseyside (£178.1) and Cleveland (£162.7).

Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner Jason Ablewhite says he is continuing to lobby the Government for “fairer funding.”

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He added: “Cambridgeshire is one of the fastest growing counties in the country, both in terms of its economy and its population, and it’s my job to make sure resources are in place to meet that demand.

“We have already taken measures such as introducing the local policing plan which provides an additional 50 officers, and there will be 55 more from the £12 per year increase in the policing part of the council tax.

“However, the current funding formula puts us at a distinct disadvantage, meaning that we are not starting from a level playing field.”

The funding formula is set by the Home Office and is based on a number of factors within force areas - for example, if the county is more metropolitan than rural.

Proposed changes to the funding formula will be revisited at the Government’s next Spending Review.

The vast majority of police funding comes from the Government, but around 30 per cent also comes from council tax through the police precept.

A Home Office spokesperson said Cambridgeshire police has reserves of £28.5 million.

She added: “The Government have set out a comprehensive settlement to strengthen local, national and counter terrorism policing, which will mean police funding will increase by up to £450 million next year with around £270 million going direct to forces to spend on local priorities. 

“PCCs called for greater flexibility to meet local policing priorities. The Cambridgeshire Commissioner has chosen to use his precept flexibility and will therefore increase the force’s direct funding by around £4 million in 2018/19.”

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