Extra £1m budget cut for Lincolnshire Police

Lincolnshire Police will have to make an additional £1 million in savings for the force following the latest government funding settlement.

The new settlement means a 4.8% budget cut for Lincolnshire Police.

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick said that the budget reduction could result in “large scale job cuts” and “delayed officer recruitment.”

An increase in the policing share of council tax is also “inevitable” due to this, he said.

In the video released by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Alan Hardwick said: “I am extremely disappointed that the government have chosen to top-slice funding to police forces, including Lincolnshire, by a total of £80m.

“The people of Lincolnshire are going to have to pay for facilities that I think should be provided by the government, such as the independent police complaints commission.

“The provisional police grant settlement leaves us with having to find an additional £1 million in savings above those we had planned for. This is disappointing and means an increase in the police precept is inevitable.

“However, the Chief Constable and I remain committed to delivering our priorities of continuing to reduce crime, making sure police and services are there when needed and ensuring our communities feel they receive a fair deal from Lincolnshire Police.”

PCC Hardwick has also announced a public consultation on the budget settlement. You can have your say on the policing budget for Lincolnshire via the budget consultation form on the Police and Crime Commissioner’s website.