Lincolnshire police and crime commissioner raises underfunding issue with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and chancellor Rishi Sunak
Lincolnshire’s police and crime commissioner Marc Jones has raised the need for fairer funding for our force with the prime minister and the chancellor yesterday (Tuesday, September 18).
He met Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak ahead of October's next budget announcement to push for better funding for more cash.
Earlier this year, we reported that South Holland has one of the lowest levels of policing in the country - with just 66 officers directly based in our district. Lincolnshire as a whole is the county with the lowest number of officers per 100,000 people.
Mr Jones told the prime minister and chancellor that the recent police officer uplift programme has already made a 'huge difference' in the county by boosting front line officer numbers.
He said the new recruitment has enabled the force to push ahead with plans to create new rural crime, roads and violence reduction teams in the county.
However, he said Lincolnshire's underfunding needs to be addressed in order to not halt improvements.
Mr Jones, who was re-elected this year, said: “The support the government has provided for policing across the country is beginning to make a real difference in our communities and I explained how the investment is making an impact on front line services.
“Both the prime minister and the chancellor listened carefully to my points about the need to change the funding formula and I am pleased they responded positively to the points made."
He added: “The people of Lincolnshire deserve fair funding for their services, and I believe the plea did not fall on deaf ears.”