Leicestershire’s Chief Constable and the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner have described proposed changes to police funding as “unwelcome, ill-thought through and lacking in robustness”.
In their joint response to a Government consultation on changes to the way policing is funded, Simon Cole and Sir Clive Loader urge the Government to re-think the proposals, saying: “We do not want to suffer the consequences of having an ill-thought through funding model imposed early”.
Later today (Tuesday) Mr Cole and three other Chief Constables will give evidence about the proposed changes to the Home Affairs Select Committee.
The current model allocates £101 per head of population in Leicestershire, which is already five per cent lower than the national average.
The new plans would see Leicestershire’s budget cut by a further £700,000 per year. And later this month, the amount of money to be shared between forces could be further cut by between 25% and 40% when the Government announces its Comprehensive Spending Review.
The new funding formula plans propose to calculate the share of funds for each force by using four “indicators” which Mr Cole and Sir Clive say “are not robust”.
They said: “The indicators… are not an adequate representation of new and emerging crime types… and certainly do not capture the work carried out by police forces nationally around threat, risk and harm”.
The pair argue that the new indicators do not sufficiently take into account the diversity of the population in each police force area and conclude: “By using only four different indicators, the formula cannot accurately reflect the very complex mix of demand for both crime and non-crime policing services”.