West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has called on the Policing Minister to ensure the Home Office eradicates previous funding calculation errors and that police funding reflects the demands on police forces.
Speaking in Home Office questions in the House of Commons on Monday 6 March, MP Rosie raised concerns ahead of the revised National Police Funding Formula being finalised and used to calculate future funding arrangements.
Rosie asked the minister:
On a previous attempt to recalculate the national police funding formula, Lancashire police was set to lose £25 million a year. That was revised down to £8 million in year when inaccuracies were identified. That is on top of the £76 million that it had already saved since 2010. What steps is the Policing Minister taking to ensure that the national police funding formula will not repeat the same mistakes and will accurately reflect the demands on police forces?
In responding the Policing Minister attempted to offer his assurances on the matter saying ‘we will see where it goes for all in order to get a fair formula for the future.’
Speaking after the Parliamentary Question time, MP Rosie Cooper said
“As we see fewer and fewer police officers on our streets, police and community support officers rapidly dwindling and police stations closing it is unsurprising people are concerned as to the future impact of the new funding formula on our police service.
“The glaring errors of the Home Office’s first two attempts to calculate the funding formula are far from reassuring. Perhaps it will be third time lucky and they will get it right.
“We shall see if the Policing Minister will honour his commitment of a fair funding formula.
“Lancashire Police have already had to slash £76 million from their budget and they face a further £2.5 million cut to their government funding grant in the next financial year as well.
“As I told the Minister, police funding needs to accurately reflect the demands on our police forces so that people feel safe in their homes and safe on the streets.”