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Data error could mean extra £5.8m of police funding cuts

The police could face more cuts. Credit: ITV Border

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.

Based on the information that we have received today our understanding at this time is that it is indicated under the Police Funding Formula consultation that we may lose an additional £5.8m bringing our total loss under the Funding Formula to £15.3m.

If these figures are correct it would bring our total budget reduction to £31.8m and we are waiting for urgent confirmation of this from the Home Office.

The provision of accurate percentages to allow PCCs and Chief Constables to assess the potential impact of proposals on individual forces is a critical part of the process.

We would therefore urge the Home Office to appoint an independent panel to review the funding formula and consultation process”.

– Richard Rhodes, Police and Crime Commissioner


More than £1 million of funding for police projects

Richard Rhodes.

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner has secured £1,074,466 of funding to support three of the force's projects.

The money will come from the Home Office's Police Innovation Fund.

The following projects will benefit:

  • £247,991 for the Integrated Sexual Violence Referral Service, which will expand services for victims of sexual abuse, and encourage victims to come forwards.
  • £306,020 for Turning the Spotlight, which will work with families and young people to reduce hate crime and domestic abuse.
  • £520,530 for the development of the Cumbria Strategic Co-ordination Centre, which will help police and partner agencies to work together.

The projects further support victims and start to develop the pro-active approach to working with perpetrators when they are identified at an early stage. These are both incredibly important as they start to breakdown the cycle that often people find themselves pulled into.

The funding for the next stage is the Integrated Sexual Violence Referral Service. This supports the existing project which is developing well and compliments the national funding in addition to local funding from the County Council and district Councils in the north and west of the County. The new training facility is a unique initiative as it will make best use of technology to allow people to undertake dynamic training.”

– Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes

£500k CCTV boost for Cumbria

A new CCTV scheme for Cumbria has secured the £539,000 needed to get it off the ground.

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes applied to the government for the cash boost.

The scheme once up and running would provide county wide CCTV coverage run from police headquarters in Penrith.

“ I am delighted that the scheme, which is a joint project between the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Cumbria Constabulary and the six District Councils of Eden, Carlisle, Allerdale, Copeland, South Lakeland and Barrow, has been given the go ahead.

“Through our bid we were able to demonstrate that our scheme would meet the essential criteria of the bids, in that it would help transform policing through innovation, improve collaboration and deliver savings”

– Richard Rhodes, Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner

It's hoped that the new CCTV system will help fight anti social behaviour.


Funding on offer to cut crime in Cumbria

Cumbria's PCC, Richard Rhodes, is inviting communities to bid for money Credit: ITV News Border

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner has launched a Community Fund, to support projects aimed at reducing crime.

Charities, voluntary and community groups are being invited to apply for up to £10,000.

The Commissioner, Richard Rhodes, said:

" .. I am firmly committed to local communities being the right place to provide solutions to local issues."

Mr Rhodes has set aside £1000,000 a year over the next four years for the Community Fund.

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner: One year on

It is exactly a year since Cumbria's first Police & Crime Commissioner took up his role, and in an interview for ITV Border tonight he speaks candidly about some of the difficulties he has faced.

Richard Rhodes' time in office has to some extent been overshadowed by a row over his expenses after he claimed seven hundred pounds for chauffeur driven work trips.

The year has also seen the lengthy suspension of the former temporary chief constable, Stuart Hyde. Mr. Hyde was subsequently cleared of misconduct but left the force today for his retirement.

Reflecting on his first year in the job, Richard Rhodes told Ryan Dollard it has not been an easy one:

Full Report: No criminal action in Cumbria Police whistleblowing case

One of Cumbria's MPs says questions should be asked about why the county's police force spent so much time and money investigating a whistle-blowing case - only for it to end with no charges being brought.

The 6 month investigation followed the leaking of information about the Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes's expenses.

However, MP Tim Farron says the decision not to prosecute vindicates his view that these were whistleblowers and not criminals.

Tim Backshall reports.

Tim Farron MP: "Questions should be asked" about handling of whistleblowing case

The MP for South Lakes, Tim Farron, has commented on the news that no one will be prosecuted after a six-month long police investigation into a whistle-blower who leaked a crime commissioner's expenses claims for chauffeur-driven cars.

"I welcome the news that the final person who remained under investigation over the Richard Rhodes leaked documents case has been released without charge.

"This is good news and vindicates what I and others have been saying for months - that these people are whistleblowers and not criminals."

“The Police have spent a huge amount of money and time on this investigation while disrupting the lives and careers of a number of people by these arrests.

"Given that people in Cumbria sometimes feel let down by the way the Police allocate resources, questions should be asked about why the Force spent so much time and resources on a case that affected the constabulary itself when we have finished with no action being taken.”

– Tim Farron MP
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