Bristol Council resconsider PCSO funding cuts

Bristol City Council are to reconsider proposed cuts to PCSO funding which were announced last week as part of budget proposals by the Mayor George Ferguson. A cross-party working group has now been set up to try and retain as many PCSOs in Bristol as possible.

It comes after concerns were raised by the community and the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner.

We have been consulting with the police as part of the review in an effort to find a way forward. There is recognition, of course, of the role PCSOs play in tackling crime and the fear of crime in our communities.

But at the same time we face tough choices when it comes to making savings in the current climate of increased financial pressures.

– Councillor Gus Hoyt, chairman of working group

Recommendations will be made next week in advance of final budget proposals being agreed.

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