Police funding ‘to be reviewed’

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The funding formula that determines how much money Lincolnshire Police gets is to be reviewed.

Some £19.8 million is to be cut by 2015 and in January the government cut a further £1m from its budget.

Police and Criminal Justice Minister Damien Green, who visited Lincoln on Thursday, said he was hoping to find a formula “that’s fair to all”.

Alan Hardwick, Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said the current funding system unfairly discriminates against the county.

The force claimed it has made considerable progress by reducing the number of police officers by 106 and outsourcing back office functions to private company G4S.

Lincolnshire’s Chief Constable Neil Rhodes, said: “My mission is that Lincolnshire gets a fair share of that.”