Don't miss a story sign up to Weston Mercury's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Government accused of ‘risking public safety’ by under-funding police

PUBLISHED: 18:30 22 November 2017

Police and Crime Commissioner has repeatedly petitioned the Government for better police funding.

Police and Crime Commissioner has repeatedly petitioned the Government for better police funding.

Archant

The Government has been accused of ‘risking the safety’ of people in North Somerset by ‘ignoring’ concerns over police funding.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens has hit out at Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond for overlooking police funding concerns in his Autumn Budget speech this afternoon (Wednesday).

Ms Mountstevens has repeatedly petitioned the Government for better funding for police forces around the country, and earlier this year warned officers had been ‘pushed to the limit’ by growing demand and diminishing resources.

Since 2010, Avon and Somerset has been forced to make £65million of savings, and Whitehall is demanding a further £17million of cuts over the next five years.

This comes at a time when demands and dangers have increased, including the threat from extremism and organised crime. The number of complicated and sensitive crimes – including sexual exploitation, violence against people, domestic abuse, rape and hate crime – has risen too, from 20,000 to 40,000 in the past seven years.

However, Ms Mountstevens says Mr Hammond and fellow ministers have failed to address concerns, and are putting people in danger by refusing to act.

She said: “I am disappointed that the Government appears to have ignored the concerns of PCCs and chiefs across the country; we’ve all said the current position is not sustainable and risks the safety of local people.

“With pay rises promised by the Government and costs rising by £8million a year, our Government grant does not cover the real cost of policing.

“The Chief Constable and I were clear with the Home Office and the Police and Fire Minister when we presented our evidence to say policing and the safety of our communities was at a crucial ‘tipping point’.

“To continue with the real-terms cuts, the Government is risking the safety of those who live, work and visit Avon and Somerset.

“If it is as I fear, I will be having a conversation with local people about what the police continue to do and what they prioritise. We are working with finite resources and my over-riding priority is your safety.”

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 16:00

A Hutton preschool is celebrating making improvements to its Ofsted rating.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:00

Video game fans can enjoy a blast from the past at Weston’s Grand Pier thanks to its new retro arcade.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:00

A tiny bat found too weak to fly has been rescued by Secret World Wildlife Rescue.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00

A WI group has presented a cheque for more than £1,500 to an important Weston charity.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00

Around £2,000 was raised during a sponsored cycle ride and walk for a charity helping children in Kenya.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:00

Two Weston-super-Mare attractions will have a Wallace or Gromit sculpture this year, as part of the Grand Appeal fundraiser.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:55

A hotel’s plan to increase the number of car parking spaces on offer will be debated on Monday night.

Read more
Saturday, May 19, 2018

Locking Parklands has been recognised as one of the best housing developments for first-time buyers.

Read more
Saturday, May 19, 2018

A horse fell through a roof and one of Weston-super-Mare’s oldest businesses was closing 50 years ago. Here is the news from the May 17 edition of the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald.

Read more
Saturday, May 19, 2018

A pair of orphaned fox cubs are being nursed back to health by Secret World Wildlife Rescue.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 13°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder