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West Midlands Policing falls £12.5m short of what is needed

January 9, 2018 3:31 PM
By Bryan Lewis

PCSOs

Demands for adequate funding for local Policing have once again fallen on deaf ears.

Park Ward Lib Dem campaigner Nick Machnik-Foster said "Once again the Tory government has ignored calls for more funding to put the police back on the streets where they are most needed."

Across the West Midland's force £22 million is required just to prevent further cuts in the service say Police bosses. It came as no real surprise when the Tory Minister announced recently that West Midlands Police will only get an extra £9.5 million, a massive £12.5 million short of what is needed.

To add insult to injury not a single penny of this £9.5 million will come from the Government! Council Tax payers across the West Midlands will be paying more for less service from our already stretched local force.

Since the financial crash almost ten ago the Government grant funding to West Midlands Police has fallen by a massive £145 million and Police numbers over the same period are down by 2000! And the burden of payment for the service has shifted away from Central Government to Local Government. The thin blue line keeps getting thinner.