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Government claws back millions from GMP frontline

Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd has hit out at ministers as it was revealed Greater Manchester Police is facing another £28m axed from its budget next year – money that could pay for 560 police officers.

Today’s announcement combined with the Chancellor’s autumn statement last week means GMP has to find savings of £157m over the next three years and is currently facing a £70m black hole in the budget.

Tony said: “It’s unacceptable and disappointing that the ordinary, hard-working people of Greater Manchester are once again bearing the brunt of these irresponsible funding cuts.

“Policing Minister Mike Penning claims that this government is committed to providing police with the resources they need for their work. Today’s budget announcement shows that this is simply not true.

“In Greater Manchester we have not shied away from the financial challenges we face and have already transformed how policing is delivered and developed close working relationships with other agencies.

“But the reality is we are now facing a £70m black hole. There are already 1,100 fewer officers on the streets of Greater Manchester with the loss of another 800 to come, and crime is on the rise. We simply cannot cope with further cuts – the money is running out. The Government is putting the safety of our communities at risk.”

Nearly £12m of this is once again being clawed back by government to pay for the Independent Police Complaints Commission, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and the City of London police.  It will also fund the largely unwanted direct entry scheme, which will allow people to join the police service at a senior rank without having to walk the beat.

Surprise announcements include the top-slicing of the police budget to fund the Police Special Grant – a contingency pot of money that police can apply for to pay for unforeseen incidents and events such as mass protest or public disorder.

Tony added: “That ministers think it’s acceptable to claw back money to pay for schemes that will be of little benefit to local people and to shore up a complaints system that is in dire need of complete overhaul is ridiculous.

“The additional top-slicing of the budget to pay for the special grant fund is laughable. This money is meant to provide a financial lifeline for police forces dealing with unpredictable circumstances so taking this money direct from frontline policing makes no sense and defeats the purpose of the special grant.

The £11.6m of extra cuts breaks down as:

Project

£

Police Innovation Fund

3.703m

IPCC

1.587m 

HMIC inspection 

 0.497m  

Direct entry scheme 

0.24m 

City of London Police 

0.148m

National Police Coordination Centre

0.106m 

Transfer of CSF into mainstream grant

2.1m

Police Special Grant`

0.794m

Major Programmes

2.116m

Police Knowledge Fund

0.265m

TOTAL 

11.559m

 

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