Lincolnshire Police’s budget cuts unveiled

Lincolnshire Police’s revenue from central Government will be slashed, after their budget cuts were announced on Monday.

The Home Office unveiled a document on December 13 outlining how much each police authority would be receiving over the next four years.

Almost £43million of Lincolnshire Police’s 2011-2012 income will come from the Home Office, while other revenues are from the public’s Council Tax.

Lincolnshire will see £39.8million in 2012/2013, in 2013/2014 they will get £42.3million and finally in 2014/2015 they will have £41.5million in funding from the Home Office.

Their Neighbourhood Policing fund will remain throughout the next four years at £2.9million.

However, the full extent of the cuts will not be known until February 2011, after the Council Tax precept.

Lincolnshire Police’s Chief Constable Richard Crompton felt the cuts were not as bad as they could have been.

He said: “Essentially there were no surprises in the announcement.

“It clarifies the position we thought we would find ourselves in however there will be much more detailed work going on over the coming weeks and months.

“In any case we will not know the final budget until the Police Authority set the Council Tax precept in February.

“As we have already stated, our priorities are and will continue to be to protect people in Lincolnshire; keep the County safe and continue to provide an excellent front line service.”

Lincolnshire Police previously said that due to the budget cuts it would need to slash 70 uniformed police officers’ jobs and around 80 admin staff positions.

See the full details of the police cuts over the next four years [PDF].