MP CALLS FOR REVIEW INTO POLICE FUNDING FORMULA

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Cambrian News photographer - Ben Lake MP says the current formula "does not adequately recognise the needs of a rural area such as that served by Dyfed-Powys Police"

CEREDIGION MP Ben Lake is calling for a review into the formula that decides police funding.

The Cambrian News reported “The UK Government has claimed that the Police Funding Settlement for 2018-19 will boost police budgets by £450m, but according to Mr Lake the reality is that £270m of that figure is accounted for by the UK Government allowing forces to levy higher precepts on council tax payers, while the remaining £180m is accounted for by the Home Office increasing central allocations or top-slicing.

Police forces must now decide between increasing the council tax precept or implementing further cuts.

Mr Lake said: “At present, the formula used to distribute the UK Government grant does not adequately recognise the needs of a rural area such as that served by Dyfed-Powys Police, and neither does it take into account the significant increase in population during the summer months in areas such as Ceredigion.

“We cannot expect a one-size-fits-all approach to work effectively across the whole of the UK, and as such, it is imperative that the criteria for the central Government grant are revised so that they reflect the increased demands and unique challenges faced by rural forces” here.

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