Melton Times letter: Police budget cuts could cost county £700,000

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I would like to make your readers aware of the implications for Leicester, Leicestershire and in Rutland should the Government press ahead with proposed changes to how it allocates funds for policing in England and Wales.

Earlier this year the Government decided to review the existing formula it uses to decide how much money it allocates to all 43 police forces in England and Wales every year.

It is now consulting on proposals to use a different mechanism to allocate funding, and if that new mechanism is approved, Leicestershire Police could lose up to £700,000 a year.

The decision whether to adopt the new, proposed funding formula mechanism will be made in late November, when the Government is also expected to announce further cuts to policing budgets.

The Government’s proposed mechanism would mean that Leicestershire Police would get 1.5 per cent of the national funding pot to police 1.8 per cent of the national population.

We are currently assessing the precise implications before we submit our views formally as part of the consultation process, but it would appear that, if agreed, this new formula would cost us about £700,000.

I’m also trying to understand why we would lose out when other forces, with similar demand profiles, population numbers and demographics, would get significantly more, additional funding under this suggested change. 

Simon Cole

Chief Constable,

Leicestershire Police