Police Funding ‘Falls a Long Way Short’

The West Midlands police and crime commissioner has slammed government plans that he believes result in a £22m funding cut for the local force. 

In a provisional plan announced yesterday by the home secretary, Amber Rudd, West Midlands Police looks set to receive £444.1m in 2018/19, the same figure they received for 2017/18.

The announcement follows an official report that found West Midlands Police needs to do more to keep people safe and reduce crime.

In her announcement, Amber Rudd said: “Whether it is your local forces, the national picture, or counter-terrorism capabilities, this is a strong settlement that ensures forces have the resources they need to keep us safe.”

However, after carrying out an initial assessment of the plans, David Jamieson, the West Midlands police and crime commissioner, said: “Despite warm words over the last few months, this is once again a disappointing settlement that falls a long way short of what police forces require.

“West Midlands Police [and] other local forces across the country will not receive a single extra penny from the government. Local police forces will not benefit from this announcement – there is no new money … in fact, it is a real terms cut.

“Just to stand still, West Midlands Police requires an extra £22m. This announcement falls well short of that number.”

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