Disappointment at further cuts to policing budget in Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Police chief constable Neil Rhodes with Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick.
Lincolnshire Police chief constable Neil Rhodes with Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick.
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Police chiefs say they are disappointed with further cuts to their Government funding.

Lincolnshire Police discovered this week that it would lose more than £3m in cash terms from its annual grant in the coming year. The news comes just weeks after chief constable Neil Rhodes and police and crime commissioner Alan Hardwick wrote to home secretary Theresa May warning of the dangers of further cuts.

A statement on the force website said the home secretary’s response to the letters had “heartened” staff, in that she praised Lincolnshire for “delivering strong performance whilst using outsourcing and collaboration to drive efficiency and deliver better services for the public.”

It added: “The home secretary agrees that others need to learn from and follow our lead. The home secretary also recognises that Lincolnshire Police faces particular financial pressures.

“However, today’s settlement will only further increase pressure on our already stretched budgets and will make it increasingly difficult to maintain current levels of service in the future beyond next year.

“Local policing – the bedrock of policing in Britain - has suffered again today. Funding has been taken away from local communities, and instead directed towards the ineffective independent police complaints commission and other national bodies such as the College of Policing.

“Specifically what the grant settlement means for Lincolnshire is a reduction in cash terms of over £3m.

“We continue to urge the Government to urgently review the funding formula and heed the advice of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary.”