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Avon and Somerset’s Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens has welcomed the news by the Home Secretary that despite additional cuts to the Home Office budget, there will be no further reductions to central government funding for the police in 2013/14.
Ms Mountstevens said: “This is good news it means the one percent reduction in the Home Office budget announced in the Autumn statement will not be absorbed by the Police Grant. We are still concerned with the medium term picture for policing and we are eagerly awaiting news on the Government’s consultation on the police funding formula which sees Avon and Somerset short-changed of £20million it is assessed to need every year.
“We are also waiting to see what impact yesterdays announcements may have on the Community Safety money that all Police and Crime Commissioners are due to receive in 2013. The community safety fund has already significantly reduced in line with all public sector cuts and it is unclear how much more this will reduce by.”
A letter was sent from the Home Secretary Theresa May to Police and Crime Commissioners last night following the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement yesterday