West Yorkshire police boss fears further £7m cuts

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Mark Burns-Williamson Mark Burns-Williamson

West Yorkshire Police could face extra cuts of nearly £7 million in the next two years as a result of Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement, it is claimed.

The figure is on top of cuts already announced by the Government which mean that savings of about £143m need to be made between 2010/11 and 2016/17 – more than a quarter of the budget.

In response, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson has warned the Government to think hard before possibly further compromising the safety of communities and exacerbating the growing North-South divide in police funding.

The force has already had to make savings of £75m in the past three years.

The Autumn Statement, released on Thursday, revealed that the Home Office budget will be cut by an extra £231m by 2016. Up to three-quarters of the Home Office budget is on policing and four per cent of that comes to West Yorkshire.

That could mean an extra £3.5m savings to be found for 2014/15 and £3.4m in 2015/16, on top of those already announced, said Mr Burns-Williamson.

He said he would be urging the Home Office to absorb the extra cuts so delivery of services were not affected.

“We have secured funding for 44 extra police officers by increasing the precept to ensure we are keeping our communities safe and feeling safe,” he said.

“But any more cuts would be particularly difficult for West Yorkshire and communities would potentially suffer.

“I am calling on the Government to ensure everything is done to protect the West Yorkshire Police budget which was highlighted recently by the HMIC report as being disproportionately targeted by Government funding cuts.

“That is why it is important that we get all the cash seized from West Yorkshire criminals by our police – rather than just the bit the Government lets us keep. I will be seeking assurances from the Home Secretary that West Yorkshire will not feel the full force of cuts.

“This is hitting communities across West Yorkshire and creating an even wider gap between those areas with the greatest need and those that do not face the same or significant challenges that we do.”

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6:21am Sat 7 Dec 13

Albion. says...

“We have secured funding for 44 extra police officers by increasing the precept to ensure we are keeping our communities safe and feeling safe,” he said."

Meanwhile, they keep insisting that crime is falling.
“We have secured funding for 44 extra police officers by increasing the precept to ensure we are keeping our communities safe and feeling safe,” he said." Meanwhile, they keep insisting that crime is falling. Albion.

8:16am Sat 7 Dec 13

collos25 says...

They could reduce the funding to nil you would not notice much difference,
They could reduce the funding to nil you would not notice much difference, collos25

8:50am Sat 7 Dec 13

pollywolly says...

Doing away with his own job and his mushrooming department would put a bit of money back. Unnecessary waste.
Doing away with his own job and his mushrooming department would put a bit of money back. Unnecessary waste. pollywolly

11:55am Sat 7 Dec 13

Yorkshire Lass says...

A lot more money could be saved without any problem if spending was done on a more economical scale and expenses were reduced by the top people who seem to think this pot of money is bottomless.
A lot more money could be saved without any problem if spending was done on a more economical scale and expenses were reduced by the top people who seem to think this pot of money is bottomless. Yorkshire Lass

5:44pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Victor Clayton says...

Make them work another 10 years.
Make them work another 10 years. Victor Clayton

8:35pm Sat 7 Dec 13

freespeech says...

44 recruited! How many have left? Give us the full picture please, how much does the office of PaCC and his entourage cost against the costs of the old Police Authority? Again figures please. How many officers more are there on the street, and I mean answering calls from the public compared to 12 months ago? Until you come clean with the people of West Yorkshire, support for your role will decline further.
44 recruited! How many have left? Give us the full picture please, how much does the office of PaCC and his entourage cost against the costs of the old Police Authority? Again figures please. How many officers more are there on the street, and I mean answering calls from the public compared to 12 months ago? Until you come clean with the people of West Yorkshire, support for your role will decline further. freespeech

11:33am Sun 8 Dec 13

yezboss says...

44 recruits? A drop in the ocean, you will never even notice that. Will not even make up anywhere near from retirements and other losses. And that does not and cannot justify increasing the precept either. Smoke and mirrors come to mind or downright deception.
On the subject of increasing policing I wonder how successful the campaign to recruit Specials has been? Not heard much about that have we? If past efforts are anything to go by not a lot. And why would you work unsocial hours for nothing?
And yes the sooner we get rid of the PCC and his entourage the better. That will save money.
44 recruits? A drop in the ocean, you will never even notice that. Will not even make up anywhere near from retirements and other losses. And that does not and cannot justify increasing the precept either. Smoke and mirrors come to mind or downright deception. On the subject of increasing policing I wonder how successful the campaign to recruit Specials has been? Not heard much about that have we? If past efforts are anything to go by not a lot. And why would you work unsocial hours for nothing? And yes the sooner we get rid of the PCC and his entourage the better. That will save money. yezboss

5:38pm Sun 8 Dec 13

999 number of the beast says...

Commissioner Burns and West Yorkshire police are a joke. As a keep repeating myself. Merge all the forces from Lancashire to Humberside. One super force after all they drive around in cars all day!
Get rid of PCSOs that most of the criminal fraternity have no fear of. Finally instigate the full Windsor report.
After all our troop divisions are being reduced yet their top brass silently accept it. Why the bloody arrogance and cheek of West Yorkshire police? To those who say they aren't enough police. Answer me this why were 40 officers sent from Bradford to help out the RUC in Northern Ireland?
Commissioner Burns and West Yorkshire police are a joke. As a keep repeating myself. Merge all the forces from Lancashire to Humberside. One super force after all they drive around in cars all day! Get rid of PCSOs that most of the criminal fraternity have no fear of. Finally instigate the full Windsor report. After all our troop divisions are being reduced yet their top brass silently accept it. Why the bloody arrogance and cheek of West Yorkshire police? To those who say they aren't enough police. Answer me this why were 40 officers sent from Bradford to help out the RUC in Northern Ireland? 999 number of the beast

8:07pm Sun 8 Dec 13

freespeech says...

999 number of the beast wrote:
Commissioner Burns and West Yorkshire police are a joke. As a keep repeating myself. Merge all the forces from Lancashire to Humberside. One super force after all they drive around in cars all day!
Get rid of PCSOs that most of the criminal fraternity have no fear of. Finally instigate the full Windsor report.
After all our troop divisions are being reduced yet their top brass silently accept it. Why the bloody arrogance and cheek of West Yorkshire police? To those who say they aren't enough police. Answer me this why were 40 officers sent from Bradford to help out the RUC in Northern Ireland?
a) Explain Joke! What facts are you basing this sweeping comment on?
b) Merge forces, This will happen, if you have been as observant as you think, you would see this is the bottom line and will come to pass in the near future. You won't find anyone against forces merging, in all cases it make more sense (especially when more officers are need elsewhere in the country.. Olympics, London Riots.. assist RUC)
c) PCSO are not police officers! They are not there to do police officers jobs, they are however an extra pair of eyes and ears, and a direct contact to the communities they serve. They are only receive 50% of their wages from the PaCC the local council and partner agencies make up the other 50%
d) Top brass is also shrinking in the police service
e) What arrogance and cheek are you referring to?
f) There are not enough police on the streets, otherwise crime would be lower in real terms.
g) The RUC needed support due to low numbers!! The force sent officers on their rest days at a premium rate, no doubt paid by central government, most definitely not locally
h) Try show some intellect in your ramblings, you should be standing on solid foundations when you make a point, instead of making general and sweeping statements that have no connection with reality.
[quote][p][bold]999 number of the beast[/bold] wrote: Commissioner Burns and West Yorkshire police are a joke. As a keep repeating myself. Merge all the forces from Lancashire to Humberside. One super force after all they drive around in cars all day! Get rid of PCSOs that most of the criminal fraternity have no fear of. Finally instigate the full Windsor report. After all our troop divisions are being reduced yet their top brass silently accept it. Why the bloody arrogance and cheek of West Yorkshire police? To those who say they aren't enough police. Answer me this why were 40 officers sent from Bradford to help out the RUC in Northern Ireland?[/p][/quote]a) Explain Joke! What facts are you basing this sweeping comment on? b) Merge forces, This will happen, if you have been as observant as you think, you would see this is the bottom line and will come to pass in the near future. You won't find anyone against forces merging, in all cases it make more sense (especially when more officers are need elsewhere in the country.. Olympics, London Riots.. assist RUC) c) PCSO are not police officers! They are not there to do police officers jobs, they are however an extra pair of eyes and ears, and a direct contact to the communities they serve. They are only receive 50% of their wages from the PaCC the local council and partner agencies make up the other 50% d) Top brass is also shrinking in the police service e) What arrogance and cheek are you referring to? f) There are not enough police on the streets, otherwise crime would be lower in real terms. g) The RUC needed support due to low numbers!! The force sent officers on their rest days at a premium rate, no doubt paid by central government, most definitely not locally h) Try show some intellect in your ramblings, you should be standing on solid foundations when you make a point, instead of making general and sweeping statements that have no connection with reality. freespeech

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