The Western Morning News today highlighted the gross unfairness in government funding between rural Devon and Cornwall and the rest of the Country. This blatant unfairness needs to be put right, and it applies to Policing as much as anything else.
Government spending per head on Policing in Devon and Cornwall has been drastically reduced since 2010 and is 7% below the national average, despite being a difficult and dispersed area for policing, with a huge influx of tourists in summer months. This is forcing the Police to cut police numbers by another 200 just to keep afloat, further weakening an already badly damaged Police service. Savings targets for the next 4 years are £13m year, but if Devon and Cornwall were simply funded at the national average level, we would get the extra £13m p.a. and be able to avoid cutting our frontline force. Come on Devon and Cornwall, let's fight for what is right, and get a fair settlement. I'll make that my first priority.