Commissioner has ‘cautious welcome’ for Lincolnshire Police cash settlement

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick.  Photo by David Dawson.

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick. Photo by David Dawson.

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Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick has “cautiously welcomed” a projected £65.5 million handout from the Government to fight crime next year.

will go towards funding the police.

I raise around 40 per cent of the costs of policing in Lincolnshire from the council tax precept and, as I have always said and the Home Affairs Select Committee agrees, this is unfair.

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick

Mr Hardwick and Chief Constable Neil Rhodes met Policing Minister Mike Penning in March to explain their view that the way police forces in England and Wales are funded is “not fit for purpose”.

In a statement released on Thursday, Mr Hardwick said: “The income I received from the Home Office in 2015/16 was £65.9 million and the provisional figure for 2016/17 is £65.5 million.

“I cautiously welcome this but the new funding formula, which has been delayed, must ensure those forces such as Lincolnshire that have a history of delivering efficiencies are not penalised in the future.

“The new funding arrangements need to incentivise those less efficient forces into action and this is not evident in this year’s settlement.”

Mr Hardwick revealed that about 40 per cent of policing in Lincolnshire is funded from the council tax precept which he branded “unfair”.

“I have therefore always been clear that I do not wish to place a greater burden on the taxpayers of this county,” Mr Hardwick said.

“However, I also have a duty to maintain efficient and effective police services in Lincolnshire and must have regard for the Chief Constable’s advice about the resources he needs to keep our communities safe.

“In setting my budget, I must consider these duties alongside the level of central government grant and what it is fair to raise through the precept. “I also need to understand the views of the people of Lincolnshire and this week, I have launched a consultation to seek their views on how we should focus our resources over the coming year.

“All of this information will inform the development of my budget for the coming year and I will present my council tax precept proposal to the Police and Crime Panel on February 5 2016.”

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