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Call for police funding for Cumbria to be increased

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner is again calling on the government to increase police funding, ahead of the Conservative party conference next week.

Peter McCall has been in talks with policing ministers after the Home Office announced it was lifting the pay cap for police officers, but the extra money would have to come from local police budgets.

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Crime Commissioner criticises government over police pay

Cumbria's Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner is criticising the government about police pay. The Home Office announced last week it was lifting the pay cap for police officers, but the extra money to pay for the rise would have to come from local police budgets.

The government says forces have the reserves to pay for the increase but Peter McCall says that will put other projects at risk:

Cumbrian man loses bid to ban animal fat in pound notes

140,000 people signed by petition via Change.org Credit: ITV Border

A former Cumbrian hotel worker who tried to stop animal fat being used in the new five pound notes, says he's disappointed that the Bank of England has decided to continue with the process.

Doug Maw, who's vegan, says his next step is a demonstration outside the Bank of England on 14 September 2017 - the day the new £10 goes into circulation:

The Bank of England are supposed to represent all of the British public. Their decision to continue using animal parts in the manufacture of polymer notes shows this to be untrue. 140,000 people signed by petition via Change.org and 88% of respondents to the Bank’s own consultation wanted animal parts removing, a process the Bank acknowledge they can do. The largest economy in the world (the USA) don’t use animal parts in their money so why should we?"

– Doug Maw
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