Lancashire County Council’s Labour Group has backed calls from Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw for fairer funding for the County’s force. Skelmersdale West County Councillor, Julie Gibson said: “We are shocked at the level of cuts to the Lancashire Constabulary and together with Fleetwood East County Councillor, Lorraine Beavers, I will be asking at this week’s Full Council meeting for Council to support the Police Commissioner’s campaign to government for a better deal for Lancashire.”
Cllr Gibson added: “Lancashire has seen the highest level of cuts to any police force in the country with a reduction of 753 officers since 2010. Our police officers and support teams do a fantastic job, but cuts mean consequences and Lancashire has seen an increase in violent crime, knife crime, county lines (drug dealing) and even homicides. By contrast many forces in the south of England have seen no impact from austerity. For example, Surrey has had a reduction of eight police officers since 2010 (government figures) and will get 78 under the government’s new funding formula. Lancashire has seen a reduction of 753 officers and will get 153 back under the government’s new funding formula. Surrey will have 70 more police officers than they did in 2010, Lancashire will still have a loss of 600. These figures speak for themselves.”
Cllr Beavers said: “One of the biggest concerns many councillors receive from our residents is the lack of resources into neighbourhood policing – the traditional “Bobby on the beat.” People want the reassurance of seeing a visible policing presence. That is why we support the Police Commissioner’s campaign for a fairer funding formula and to get more Bobbies back on the streets of Lancashire.
Commenting on the Notice of Motion, Police and Crime Commissioner, Clive Grunshaw said:
“I am delighted that Lancashire Constabulary has been graded as “outstanding for efficiency” by the HMIFRS for the way in which we have used the dwindling resources well to protect the service over the past 10 years of austerity. The reality however is that Lancashire has been one of the hardest hit by cuts of any police force in the country and we need more police officers back on the streets of our towns and villages. To be clear we are only asking for what we have lost to be returned, a fair deal for Lancashire Police and a fair deal for Lancashire residents.”
Cllr Gibson and Cllr Beavers said: “We are proposing the motion at this week’s Full Council meeting, pointing out the discrepancy in funding, and to back the PCC’s campaign. Lancashire is not a second class county and should not be treated as one.” For more information on the campaign visit: www.PolicePetition.co.uk