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Government does not understand impact of funding cuts on local policing

11 September 2018

Public Accounts Committee Chair Meg Hillier MP has commented on today's National Audit Office report examining the financial sustainability of police forces in England and Wales.

The Committee Chair, Meg Hillier MP, comments:

"Sustained funding cuts have resulted in almost a fifth fewer police officers and staff than eight years ago, yet the government does not seem to understand the impact of this on local policing.

The police funding formula isn't working and the Home Office still has no immediate plans to change it, despite pledging to reform it three years ago.

The Home Office needs to get a grip on police funding to make sure it is not only sustainable, but also that funding is getting to where it is most needed."

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