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Press release - Budget 2014 / 15

Policing Priorities to be Maintained Despite Further Budget Cuts

Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has re-affirmed his commitment to ensuring Lincolnshire’s policing priorities are met despite central government police funding being reduced by 4.8%. 

Alan Hardwick said, “National initiatives are being prioritised over local policing needs.  The Government has top-sliced the police grant nationally to the tune of £80 million to prop-up Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and the failing Independent Police Complaints Commission.  Around £50 million, which would have been spent on local policing across the Country – a so called ‘innovation fund’ - is being used to cajole inefficient and wasteful Forces into finding ways to save money and be more effective.  In Lincolnshire, we have always taken the view that is part of the day job and done it without financial assistance.  We would expect others to do the same.”

“The provisional police grant settlement leaves us with having to find an additional £1 million in savings above those we had planned for.  This is disappointing and means an increase in the police precept is inevitable.  However, the Chief Constable and I remain committed to delivering our priorities of continuing to reduce crime, making sure police and services are there when needed and ensuring our communities feel they receive a fair deal from Lincolnshire Police.”

Today, Mr Hardwick has also announced a public consultation on the budget settlement and his plans for the coming year.  “I continue to honour my commitment to listen to what the people of Lincolnshire have to say and, as always, look forward to hearing their views.”

Complete the Budget Consultation Form  (This consultation is now closed)

Police and Crime Plan for Lincolnshire

  • Budget Consultation
    Decisions about the budget are never easy. As part of making my decision about the budget, I want to hear what you think. Below I have posed some questions for you, but I would also like to hear what you have to say more generally, so please do use this opportunity to explain how you feel about the cuts that are being made to policing and how they affect Lincolnshire. If you have any questions about this consultation, please contact 01522 947225.
  • Police and Crime Plan
    In my Police and Crime Plan I set the three priorities listed below. Please tell me what you think of each one, and do you think they are still the right priorities for Lincolnshire? You can find more detail about these priorities by visiting the link above this form.
  • Your details
    You do not have to provide any details, other than your first and last name, to take part in this consultation, however if you would like a direct reply please provide at least your email address. Providing your details will also mean somebody can get back to you if we need to clarify anything you have told us.
  • Do you live or work in Lincolnshire?
  • Name
  • Address
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