Lincolnshire PCC Alan Hardwick: “formula not fit for purpose”

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After it has been announced by Whitehall that proposed changes to the police funding formula have been delayed Lincolnshire’s police and crime commissioner has spoken out.

The Minister of State for Policing, Crime and Criminal Justice (Rt Hon Mike Penning MP) has announced the delay to replace the “out-of-date” funding model with a simplified version.

PCC Alan Hardwick said: “Everyone agrees with me and the Chief Constable that the current formula is not fit for purpose. In particular, Ministers have been very clear with us that Lincolnshire has not been treated fairly in the past.”

“There is no doubt that nationally the police service can save money.

“Lincolnshire remains one of the lowest spending forces per head of population in the Country. Many forces have much further to go to become as efficient as Lincolnshire.

“The new funding arrangements need to incentivise those forces into action. We will continue to work constructively with Government to inform the new arrangements.”

“The Minister has said that funding for 2016-17 will be announced in the usual way in December. He has been clear that he has listened to the case we have made. I expect the announcement to reflect that.”

The new system is expected to take into account “underlying characteristics” of the local population and “environmental” factors – such as whether there is a busy town centre.