MP tries to set stage for talks over cops cash

John Hayes MP.
John Hayes MP.
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The row over funding for police in Lincolnshire, including South Holland, is heading for showdown talks with the Government in London.

South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes is trying to broker a meeting between Chief Constable Neil Rhodes, Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick and Home Secretary Theresa May over the future of the force’s budget to police the county.

Home Secretary Theresa May.

Home Secretary Theresa May.

In a letter to Lincolnshire Police and Crime Panel chairman Norman Norris last Thursday, Mrs May dismissed fears that Lincolnshire Police was “on the edge of viability” due to a cut of almost £20 million in its budget over the next two years.

Mr Norris said: “I’m pleased the Home Secretary said in her letter that the Government is to conduct a fundamental review of the current funding arrangements for police forces in England and Wales.

“Mrs May did go on to say that this will take time and I’m disappointed that this is the case because the Chief Constable has warned that if the Government doesn’t do something about this funding formula, Lincolnshire Police will become unviable.

“Why the Government can’t see that, I don’t know.”