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The Chief Constable of Cumbria Police has said he's relieved the force isn't facing cuts as big as expected.
Senior Officers were anticipating savings of more than £11m ahead of the chancellor's statement.
But although the government announced the overall police budget will stay the same, Cumbria could still lose out in the months ahead as the formula for police funding is set for review:
Cumbria Police is bracing itself for cuts of more than 11 million pounds, when the Chancellor outlines his spending plans on Wednesday.
The figure could be higher or lower, depending on what the government has agreed with the Home Office.
The force has already saved 20 million pounds over the last five years.
Cumbria Police is bracing itself for cuts of 25 per cent when the Chancellor George Osborne outlines his spending plans on Wednesday.
But the figure could be higher or lower depending on what the government agrees with the Home Office.
The force has already saved £20 million in the last five years.
Westmorland and Lonsdale MP and Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron wants the Government to change the way it calculates police budgets, after it was found Cumbria Police could lose up to £31million.
He launched his campaign today after the policing minister had to delay cuts to police forces when an error was found in the calculations.
Tim Farron says a delay isn't good enough. He wants the cuts to be scrapped and he's asking people to sign a petition to that effect.
Proposed cuts to Cumbria Police have been delayed after the Government admitted it made an "embarrassing" mistake in calculating the savings.
The Constabulary had been facing cuts of £26million in 2016/17 under Home Office proposals but it's been revealed an error with the funding formula actually meant the force would need to save more the £31million.
Today the Policing Minister Mike Penning MP apologised for the error and said that Cumbria Police's 2016/17 budget would now be based on the existing formula.
Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes and Chief Constable Jerry Graham have welcomed the announcement but say they still fear the impact of the Government's Comprehensive Spending Review on the force's budget.
An error in the formula used to calculate cuts to police forces "undermines the credibility" of the cuts, according to Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner.
Richard Rhodes says the mistake, which was spotted by Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner, could mean extra cuts of £5.8 million for Cumbria Constabulary.
Those extra cuts would bring the total Cumbria Police is set to lose, under the Police Funding Formula, up to £15.3 million.
That would mean a total budget reduction of £31.8 million, rather than the £26 million, which Chief Constable Jerry Graham had previously warned was calling the force's viability into question.
Seven police and crime commissioners - including Cumbria's Richard Rhodes, have written to policing minister Mike Penning urging him to delay a decision on force budgets expected in the Government's spending review this month.
The changes to the police funding formula will result in cuts that are "unfair, unjustified and deeply flawed", they said in a letter.
Their intervention comes after senior police officers warned of safety fears as front-line services could be affected by further cuts, while the Home Secretary
Theresa May has insisted forces can be more efficient.
Stephen Greenhalgh, London's deputy mayor for policing and crime, has signed the letter along with the commissioners of the Cumbria, Lancashire, Devon and Cornwall, Merseyside, North Yorkshire and Thames Valley forces.
The letter said:
Chancellor George Osborne has asked ministers in non-protected departments - such as the Home Office - to come up with reductions in their budgets of between 25% and 40% by 2019/20 ahead of the Comprehensive Spending Review on November 25, when the Government's plans for the next four years will be set out.
John Stevenson MP has backed a local campaign which seeks to halt his own government's police funding cuts.
Yesterday, Carlisle's Conservative MP John Stevenson presented a petition to No 10 Downing Street, along with the News and Star and representatives of the Police, against the possible funding cuts to the Cumbrian Police.
Speaking with ITV Border, he today said that although 'cuts have to be made', he has taken issue with the size of the cuts:
Mr Stevenson was re-elected as MP for Carlisle in 2015 as part of a Conservative-majority government, which has since stepped up its austerity measures.
Earlier this month it was announced that Cumbria Police would have to suffer an extra £26m funding cut over the next five years, following on from the £20m it had already saved since 2010.
Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable have today submitted to the Home Office their latest responses to the consultation on Police funding cuts.
The Government is consulting on the way that a key policing grant is allocated to police forces.
In Cumbria this could potentially lead to Cumbria Police having to make savings of £26m by 2020.
Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes said:
Chief Constable Jerry Graham said:
However, Mike Penning, Minister for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Victims,has previously said police funding needs to be on 'long-term, sustainable footing':
Police dog handlers in Cumbria say they fear their department may be cut as Cumbria Constabulary tries to save another £26million.
The force's Chief Constable responded with anger at the prospect of cutting even more than the £20million already saved and said policing in the county would be unrecognisable.
For the dog handlers, they fear that would mean no more search dogs. A police officer can't be made redundant, but that doesn't apply to the 4-legged ones.
Each dog costs £2000 a year in food and vet bills alone, and there's 23 of them, then there's the cost of 16 staff.
For the dog handlers, it means losing a job they've worked hard to get and their best friends.
Their boss, the Chief Constable, described the cuts as changing policing as we know it in Cumbria. That could mean a police force without its dogs.
The Home Office responded to ITV Border's request for an interview with the following statement: