Police chief attacks Government over funding

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird QC has attacked the Government for making forces ‘bid for their own money’.

The Police Transformation Fund was launched to allow police forces across England and Wales to apply for funding for forward-thinking programmes and initiatives in their areas, but Labour PCCs say this is not extra funding from Home Secretary, Amber Rudd.

They claim it is their own money, taken from their own force budgets, which they are now being made to apply for.

In 2016/17 a total of £76.4m was taken from every police force in England and Wales, through a process called ‘top-slicing’.

£34.8m of this was made available for individual forces to bid for.

Mrs Baird said: “We’ve no doubt that forces across England and Wales will develop excellent schemes, that will make a difference to local communities – but this scheme comes at a cost.

“Any reduction in funding to a police force will affect frontline operations. If we are lucky, we might get a fraction of what has been ‘top-sliced’ back.”