West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner announces further funding to support policing (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner announces further funding to support policing
Bradford is set to benefit after the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner announced an extension of funding for such as youth offending, drugs intervention and community safety.
Mark Burns-Williamson revealed there would be another six months of funding for crime and community partnerships at the same level as it is now.
A total of £5.2 million was awarded to partners for the current financial year, to the end of next March. Now Mr Burns-Williamson has announced his intention to extend the current level of funding until the start of October next year – amounting to another £2.6m – when the PCC takes over the commissioning of some services from the Government.
The funding goes to the five community safety partnerships, including Bradford; drugs intervention programmes and youth offending teams in each local authority area; the voluntary sector through Safer Future Communities; and the four West Yorkshire Positive Futures programmes for young people, which includes Bradford and Keighley.
Mr Burns-Williamson said: “It is important to fully understand what is needed and how partners can best work together to deliver services to ensure that communities in West Yorkshire are safer and feel safer.
“An extra six months will enable me to continue working with partners in meeting the community outcomes and put the processes in place for commissioning a range of services.
“This announcement will help to reassure partners of my commitment in keeping our communities safe and to coincide with my responsibility for the commissioning of victims support services from October 2014.”
Bradford Council deputy leader, Councillor Imran Hussain, who is responsible for community safety, said he welcomed the extension of the funding.
“It is reassuring for all of us that the money will continue for the short term,” he said.
“I look forward to working with the Commissioner in and around the new commissioning arrangements.
“Some good work has been done across West Yorkshire, with grass roots organisations involved, and we need to make sure we continue that good work. Neighbourhood Resolution Panels in Bradford have been a huge success for very little money, and save money in the long term.”