Sunday, 19 January 2014

Additional Northumbria Police Cuts

Northumbria Police has already had to make a £58m reduction in spending since the Government Comprehensive Spending Review in 2010.

The Conservative-led coalition have demanded cuts of an additional £46m by March 2017. It is difficult to make such extreme savings in such a short time frame without affecting services.

The Conservative MP for Hexham has openly criticised Vera Baird, the Labour Police Commissioner in the Local Press for the way she is implementing the cuts imposed by the government, but the sitting MP is yet to stand up to his own Chancellor and Home Secretary, for imposing additional budget cuts which could result in the loss of 12 police stations across the region including Prudhoe Police Station.

The leadership of the police are being forced to make choices between closing buildings and cutting numbers of police officers but buildings will not be closed until alternative provision is found.  I fully support our police and crime commissioner in her efforts to make sure the public are kept safe in spite of these extra cuts, but there is no denying that Government is putting front-line policing at risk.

The police are doing more with less; they need the full support of politicians on all sides.

2 comments:

Danny said...

Hi Liam,

Do you have an email address please?

Want to send you and email.

Thanks

Liam Carr said...

liamcarrforhexham@gmail.com