Lincolnshire PCC awaits outcome of leaked funding boost

Analysis of a potentially major switch in the funding formula for police forces across the UK has been leaked, indicating a rise as high as 75% for Lincolnshire.

While documents, seen by the Guardian, are said to reveal the reallocation of millions of pounds of funding, Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has stated no formal confirmation has been made.

The newspaper’s report at the weekend disclosed figures from the Police and Crime Commissioners Treasurers’ Society, detailing a consultation over how £7.8 billion of police grants would be distributed among forces.

Analysis showed major urban forces would face deep cuts in funding, while certain ‘shires’ would receive increases – Lincolnshire topping the rises.

The county’s PCC Alan Hardwick and Chief Constable Neil Rhodes made an appeal to Home Secretary Theresa May at the end of last year, warning that the force faces collapse if it didn’t receive more support.

An application for extra funding was made at the beginning of the year and a Home Office task force was deployed to the county to access the funding situation.

In response to speculation regarding funding a funding increase for the county, Alan Hardwick said: “I am aware of the speculation, and the figures that have appeared in the media.

“We await any formal announcements. We are continuing to engage in the debate.”