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Commissioner outraged as community policing put at risk by proposed cuts

13 October, 2015

Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw is today hitting back following the news that Lancashire Constabulary is expected to be one of the police forces worst hit in the funding review carried out by Government.

The proposed changes to the way forces are awarded grant funding from Government show Lancashire will be the biggest loser with an extra 13% cuts or £24.8m on top of the £74m already made.

The Comprehensive Spending Review next month is also expected to wipe an additional 25 to 40% (£41m to £64m) off the budgets as Ministers continue to implement austerity cuts.

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said: “While the full implications are not yet clear there is no doubt that these savage cuts, which come on top of the already significant savings which have had to be made, will have a devastating impact on the standards of policing which the Constabulary is able to deliver and which our communities have come to expect. It is no exaggeration to say that people in our communities will be left at risk.

“This clarification from the Policing Minister, Mike Penning, makes it clear that the likely outcome for Lancashire is far worse than we had expected, in fact it looks as if we will be the worst affected force in the country.

“Lancashire has been repeatedly praised as being an outstanding and efficient force in recent inspections by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies and this feels as though we are being singled out and punished for our success. I am demanding an explanation from the Government to explain why this is the proposal and I have already contacted the Policing Minister, Mike Penning and the Home Secretary, Theresa May, to ask for a meeting but they are unable to see me at present.

“I will be in Westminster on Tuesday meeting Lancashire’s MPs and I will be making them fully aware of the implications of these changes.”

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