• Devon County Council declines to ask MPs to be vocal against police cuts

    11th November 2015 | News | Claire
  • In answer to my written question at today’s cabinet meeting, calling on the council to write to Devon MPs, Cllr Roger Croad said:

    “I can assure Councillor Wright that the Police & Crime Panel, of which I am Chairman, has and will continue to question the Police & Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable closely on the impact of operational decisions like this.

    “However, and as has already been made clear, the projected reductions over the next 5 years are dependent upon the levels of funding to be announced by the Chancellor later this month following which the position – and any need for further representations – will hopefully be clearer.”

    I challenged Cllr Croad on this – and yesterday (article below) – it was announced that the government had got the funding formula calculations wrong and was deferring some of the cuts until next year (?!), but this STILL means £39m of cuts that will have to be found over the next few months, with hundreds of job losses, police station closures.

    Many aspects of policing will still alter significantly, PCC, Tony Hogg, confirmed yesterday – see link for detail – http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/story/2015-11-10/police-funding-cuts-controversy/

    Cllr Croad replied that as part of his role on the police and crime panel he had written to Devon MPs asking for support…. this is good news, BUT it was so disappointing for the Conservatives to opt out in this way.

    It would have been so much more powerful and helpful to Devon’s policing if Devon County Council had made a public show of support for the force – and all of us who depend on it.

    You can see the the webcast of this morning’s cabinet meeting here. My question starts at item 6.