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  1. Published on: 12/09/2018 06:55 AMReported by: roving-eye
    Ministers should 'hang their heads in shame' at the cuts imposed on the police service, says Merseyside's Deputy Police Commissioner following the release of a report into the service's financial sustainability.



    Cllr Emily Spurrell was responding to an independent report produced by the National Audit Office (NAO) examining police finances in England and Wales, which has slammed the government for failing to have a clear picture of what individual forces need to meet local and national demands, or the funding required.

    The report also criticises the way the Home Office distributes funding as 'ineffective', highlighting the disparity in cuts to funding in different force areas.

    Merseyside Police is the third worst hit force, having had its total funding reduced by 23% since 2010 - more than double the cuts imposed on other forces, such as Sussex which has only seen an 11% decrease.

    Cllr Emily Spurrell said: “This report is yet further proof of the perilous financial position the police service is now in, adding to the overwhelming evidence that the government needs to take action, and quickly. Ministers should hang their heads in shame that in just eight years central government funding for our police service has fallen across England and Wales by nearly a third.

    “The government’s primary responsibility is to keep its citizens safe. With crime now rising nationally and the threats facing our communities becoming ever more complex, it is clear they are now failing in this fundamental duty.

    “Even taking into account the extra funding raised from local people through Council Tax, Merseyside Police’s budget has been slashed by 23%. We come behind Northumbria and West Midlands as the third hardest hit area in the country – a position the Commissioner has been highlighting for many years now. Indeed, all the metropolitan forces that are most similar to Merseyside are in the top 10 worst affected forces and are the most disproportionately and unfairly affected. Cities which have some of the most deprived areas in the country and some massive challenges, are being further disadvantaged by the most severe cuts to this most essential of public services.

    “What should never be forgotten is that beyond those figures are real men and women – officers, PCSOs and staff – who are trying to do their very best to keep our communities safe, yet year on year are being expected to do more with less people and less resources. This is taking a huge toll.

    “The National Audit Office exists to help the government spend wisely. This report makes it clear that the future sustainability of our police service is in jeopardy. I urge the Home Secretary to listen to the recommendations of the NAO and implement an approach to police funding which is not only fair to our metropolitan areas, but gives all police forces the funding they so desperately need.”

    Amyas Morse, the head of the NAO, said: “The financial sustainability of police forces and their ability to deliver effective services is reliant on the Home Office understanding national and local demands and allocating funds fairly.

    "There are signs that forces are already experiencing financial strain and struggling to deliver effective services to the public. If the Home Office does not understand what is going on it will not be able to direct resources to where they are needed, with the risk that the situation could get worse."

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  3. Little Londoner says:12/09/2018 11:24 AM
    A disgusting state of affairs, not only should those pompous Tory MP's hang their heads in shame so should everyone of the self righteous idiots who voted this rabble into power.

  4. clive764 says:12/09/2018 11:57 AM
    The so called PCC, and her Office of cronies and hangers on, of which Emily Sprurrell is only one, should hang their heads in shame at diverting and siphoning off much needed front line funds with their inflated salaries (and self importance) and expenses. What would be the effect if the PCC and her Office was closed down? Would we notice the difference? I don't think so.
    Jane Kennedy, the woman who did not stand for re-election as a Labour MP when she disagreed and refused to comply with the new MP expenses rules brought in after the 2008 Westminster expenses scandal. Odious woman. Snout(s) in the trough.

  5. justbecause says:12/09/2018 02:17 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Little Londoner View Post
    A disgusting state of affairs, not only should those pompous Tory MP's hang their heads in shame so should everyone of the self righteous idiots who voted this rabble into power.
    Don’t you ever tire of constantly spouting the same old crap.

  6. gazaprop says:12/09/2018 03:19 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Little Londoner View Post
    A disgusting state of affairs, not only should those pompous Tory MP's hang their heads in shame so should everyone of the self righteous idiots who voted this rabble into power.
    I shouldn't crow too much me old class warrior - the only time Labour managed to do more than one full term was when they became Tory Lite under his Tonyness!

  7. donkey22 says:12/09/2018 06:54 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by justbecause View Post
    Don’t you ever tire of constantly spouting the same old crap.
    Lol. How rich coming from you! With any luck we’ll have a Labour government back in power soon. Not that luck will play much of a part in it. If it wasn’t for the fact that this shower is ruining people’s lives so much it would be comical watching the tories rip themselves apart over this Brexit cock up.

  8. justbecause says:12/09/2018 07:13 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by donkey22 View Post
    Lol. How rich coming from you! With any luck we’ll have a Labour government back in power soon. Not that luck will play much of a part in it. If it wasn’t for the fact that this shower is ruining people’s lives so much it would be comical watching the tories rip themselves apart over this Brexit cock up.
    Can’t see Labour back in power any time soon. With the exception of you, and that other idiot, Londoner, the British voter is bright enough to see through Corbyn and McDonnell’s lies and imaginary bribes.

  9. gazaprop says:13/09/2018 02:01 PM
    When complaining about Police cuts it's perhaps worth noting just how much time is spent or wasted - depending on your view - on paperwork/admin.
    Much of this form filling is a direct result of 'accountability' driven agendas.


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