- GREATER MANCHESTER TO PART-FUND CITY OF LONDON POLICE
- GMP FORCED TO PAY FOR UNWANTED DIRECT ENTRY SCHEME
- DISCREDITED IPCC TO GET £1M OF GMP’S CASH
Greater Manchester Police is to have a further £6.4m slashed from its budget to fund the government’s own pet projects, it has been revealed.
The money – which could pay for 145 police officers or 210 PCSOs – is being clawed back by government to fund unpopular schemes, such as the proposal to allow people to join the police service at a senior rank without having to have to walk the beat, and to shore up the largely discredited Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Remarkably, some money is even being taken from GMP to give to the City of LONDON Police – the force that protects the banking industry.
Be in no doubt – this is money that is being taken directly from frontline policing here in Greater Manchester. It is funding that the Chief Constable could and should be using to keep the people I represent safe. Instead it is being used to fund pet projects that will be of little or no benefit to the people of Greater Manchester.
Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd
Tony Lloyd continued: “The idea that the banking sector is to get extra protection at the expense of Greater Manchester residents is extraordinary. Forcing Greater Manchester Police to pay for a scheme to allow people to enter the police service at senior ranks, when I will not be introducing this unpopular and patronising measure, is just wrong.
“And taking money out of the police to give to the Independent Police Complaints Commission at a time when that organisation is largely discredited and the entire area of police integrity is in need of urgent review is foolhardy.
“We were always expecting the government to do something like this, but the amount they are clawing back is outrageous.”
Changes to the way in which police funding is calculated will see an additional £2m cut from GMP’s budget.
The £6.4m of extra cuts breaks down as follows:
|Police Innovation Fund||2.65m|
|Direct entry scheme||0.16m|
|City of London Police||0.11m|
|National Police Coordination Centre||0.05m|
|Funding formula changes||2m|
Tony added he was writing to the Home Secretary to demand she justifies the additional cuts.