Police funding settlement concern

Chief Constable Mike Veale has commented on an apparent delay in setting out the police funding grant and reports in the media that more will be asked of local taxpayers.

Chief Constable Veale said: “Details of the Government’s police funding grant had been expected this week and it is very disappointing that this has not been the case. Our future plans hang on knowing the money we will have to protect our communities and any delay is a cause for concern.

“Nationally the amount provided to policing per crime has reduced from £3,540 in 2012/13 to £2,200 in 2017/18. This is a reduction of nearly 40% in cash terms. The case to be made is not that Cleveland Police on its own needs more money but policing in its entirety needs more money.

“There has also been disturbing reports in the media this week that the Government is looking to local taxes to make up the shortfall in central funding. Our communities are home to some of the poorest families in the country. It would not be fair or equitable to tax them further to make up for a lack of central Government support.

“We already ask a lot of our communities through yearly increases in the policing element of the local Council Tax bill but there is only so much they can give. We must have a fair funding formula and more money from the Government for the police service; without this, crime will continue to rise, people will continue to suffer and our brave officers and staff will be unable to do all that is asked of them.”