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Cumbria Police cuts: your views

Cumbria Constabulary has proposed raising the amount of council tax the public pays for policing, as well as cutting the number of frontline officers, to meet budget cuts.

Here are some of your views:

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New proposals broken down

The county's police and crime panel - made up of local councillors - met today to discuss the proposed budget for 2015/2016.

The Commissioner will agree the final budget at the meeting of Executive Board on 3 February but at the moment, the plans are as follows:

  • council tax up by 1.9%
  • £3.96 increase for Band D Property
  • 155 frontline officers to be cut by 2019
  • 32 officers to be dropped over the next year due to increased technology efficiency
  • 79 staff members to be cut over the next year due to 'digitalisation of back office'
  • the number of PCSOs to stay at 95 for the next 12 months.

Chief Constable welcomes council tax increase

“I welcome the increase of the policing element of the council tax precept, as this is an important element in supporting policing and public safety in Cumbria.

"As I have previously stated the Constabulary faces major financial challenges and current budget forecasts show that a further £10.8 million needs to be saved by 2018/19.

“Change is challenging, and is required of us due to severe budget cuts; however we are committed to providing a viable independent police force. We will continue to develop and utilise innovative digital and mobile working, while protecting frontline policing as much as possible.

“I remain committed to providing the best possible policing service we can afford for the people of Cumbria.”

– Chief Constable Jeremy Graham

Public cost of Cumbria Police set to increase

The Police and Crime Panel met today. Credit: ITV Border

The amount people in Cumbria pay for policing is set to increase.

The Police and Crime panel voted in favour of raising the policing part of the council tax by 1.90%.

That would mean an increase of £3.96 for a Band D property.

Cumbria Police is facing nearly £11 million of cuts from central Government and last week announced plans to axe more than 150 police officers.

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes consulted with the public before proposing the council tax increase, which would mean someone living in a band D property paying an extra £3.96 per year.

"The message from the people I met during the consultation is that they are willing to pay a few pence a week more in order to keep Cumbria safe."

– Richard Rhodes, Police and Crime Commissioner

The Commissioner will agree the final budget at an Executive board meeting in February.

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Police cuts under the spotlight

Frontline officers will be reduced by 14 percent. Credit: ITV Border

Proposals to cut more than a hundred and fifty police officers in Cumbria will come under the spotlight today.

The county's police and crime panel - made up of local councillors - will discuss the plan with the county's Chief Constable and Crime Commissioner.

The force is considering the move because it's facing cuts of £10.8 million to its budget.

Cuts to Cumbria Constabulary

There will be 155 fewer frontline officers by 2019 Credit: PA

Cumbria's police force will reportedly have 155 fewer frontline officers by 2019.

The Constabulary has to cut £10.8 million from its budget over the next four years.

£4.3 million is intended be taken from the amount it spends on officers, reducing the force by 14%.

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