Responding to Budget 2017 – as revealed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer this lunchtime – Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, Stephen Mold, called on the government to award Northamptonshire a fair allocation of central funding, to help keep the county safe.
Under the current funding arrangement, Northamptonshire receives £102 per head of the population to spend on policing from central government. In comparison, Durham was awarded £136 per head of the population as part of the last funding agreement, despite having 100,000 fewer people to police than Northamptonshire.
Commenting on the Budget, Commissioner Mold said:
“”Although I was hoping to hear of an increase in police funding within today’s budget, I am conscious that we are yet to know the full funding picture for the county, with news of the government’s local funding settlements still to come.
“I have repeatedly stated that Northamptonshire simply does not receive a fair deal as part of the current set-up, something I have challenged the government on.
“I therefore welcome clarification around our local policing funding and hope to see positive changes that will help keep Northamptonshire safe and protect people from harm.”