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Cumbria Police expects to burst budget by nearly £1 million

Cumbria Police Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria Constabulary is expected to show an overspend of almost £1 million at the end of the financial year in March 2018.

The Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall announced the news today, after his Public Accountability Conference.

Expected overspend in Cumbria Police budget

The Police and Crime Commissioner is putting the overspend down to the government's unexpected one per cent pay increase for public sector workers, and one per cent bonus, as well as increased policing because of the terror threat.

I welcome the pay award, which has been 1% basic pay increase with a 1% bonus. This rightly reflects the hard work and dedication that our officers and staff do on a daily basis.

We had budgeted for the 1% pay increase but not the 1% bonus. I am disappointed that funding for the bonus has not been provided centrally by the Government. I have expressed this disappointment directly to the policing minister Nick Hurd when I met with him recently.

I am working with the Chief Constable to find a way forward to manage the situation. We are effectively half-way through the budget year and we will be looking at pro-actively reducing the overspend as much as possible. However, we have to be realistic and I am determined to maintain our policing presence in the county, and will consider all contingencies to deliver this.

– Peter McCall, Police and Crime Commissioner