Cuts Watch #20: Police cuts
The impact that the Home Office cuts will have for the police is becoming clearer, following a statement by Police Minister Nick Herbert. Overall, £125 million will be cut from the police. Cuts reported locally include:
- £2 million of cuts in Humberside
- £3 million of cuts in Lancashire
- £3 million of cuts in South Yorkshire
- £1 million of cuts in Cumbria
- £9 million of cuts in Somerset
Full details for all areas are provided in the Minister’s statement. The Government is ‘confident that savings can be achieved by driving out wasteful spending on support functions’ and that front line police services can be maintained. The response from Police Authorities has been mixed – in Durham there is ‘no guarantee‘ that front line officers will be protected and in Cleveland redundancies for front line workers ‘can’t be ruled out‘. But in Lincolnshire the Authority do not anticipate front line reductions – although ‘this position may have to be reviewed as further savings initiatives are announced’. Shadow Policing Minister David Hanson MP has suggested that the cuts will impact on crime.
While attempts seem to be being made to retain police officers, civilian staff have no protection and several reports of redundancies have already been published – including 780 staff in Humberside and savings in ‘human resources, finance and administration‘ in Staffordshire.