Gareth Derrick slams the Policing Minister's refusal to set a timeline for Police funding Review.
During this week's Parliamentary debate on police funding the Policing Minister has failed to give a timeline for a review of police funding.
This is a clear breach of the government’s commitment last autumn when they said the review would be implemented in time for the 2017 funding round, i.e. within the year. Worse still, it leaves Devon and Cornwall police chronically underfunded and facing grave financial and operational risks and further police cuts.
The suppose real terms protection of last year’s settlement for Devon and Cornwall did nothing of the sort. It has left the Chief Constable with no option but to press on with cuts of up to 200 personnel, implement a significant station closure programme and drive up council tax for the next 4 years. Putting Devon and Cornwall police in this position is simply disgraceful when it is clear that a fair settlement based on needs of our counties would mean more funding, not less.
If nothing else, the Home Secretary should be ashamed of the deliberate poor treatment of the individuals in the force. While they are working so hard to ensure law and order, she is continuing to damage their morale.