Police and Crime Commissioner’s response to George Osbourne’s Budget Statement (18 Mar 2015)

Relentless and severe cuts by central Government to West Yorkshire Police and to community safety will continue after today's budget, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has warned.

Mark Burns-Williamson said that the budget by Chancellor George Osbourne shows that he is still planning extreme spending cuts after the election that go far beyond balancing the books and will hit West Yorkshire, an area of some of the greatest needs, amongst the hardest.

He added: "George Osbourne's Budget will still mean more cuts for West Yorkshire Police because if the list of Protected Services remains the same then unprotected services like the police can expect to face another lot of cuts which will be around 20per cent over the next 4 years.

"This will take the overall budget cut to West Yorkshire Police to nearly 50 per cent by the end of the next parliament. In spite of repeatedly pointing out the unfairness of the way cuts are made by Government, every force area continues to get the same percentage reduction in grant irrespective of need, demand and threats.

"West Yorkshire relies much more heavily on government grant, which pays for around 80per cent of our spending. We are therefore hit much harder by the cuts than other areas which equates to millions every year and has already resulted in the loss of over 2000 police officers and staff.

"I will continue to do absolutely everything I can to protect jobs, but there are only so many efficiencies that the police service can make in the face of these relentless real cuts to day-to-day spending on vital public services, cuts that are increasingly difficult for all of us to achieve and takes no account of the demands around CSE, Cyber Crime, Human Trafficking and maintaining a neighbourhood policing presence.

"I will continue to fight for a fairer deal for West Yorkshire and for vital public sector spending across our communities, but with George Osbourne announcing today even more severe cuts to our budgets, the government is recklessly putting communities here in West Yorkshire at more risk."

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