Further reduction in funding for Suffolk Police announced by Home Office

Tim Passmore,  Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk
Tim Passmore, Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk
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Suffolk Police will face a further cut in its funding next year it was announced by the Home Office today, Thursday.

The Home Office grant to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk will be £69.487 million for 2017/18. The settlement for 2016/17 was £70.376million, meaning a reduction in overall grant funding for next year of £889,000.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk Tim Passmore said; “Following today’s police funding announcement from the Home Office, our financial settlement is broadly in line with what was planned.

“Nevertheless, there are still some very difficult decisions ahead for Suffolk Police, but I can absolutely assure everyone everything possible will be done to continue to keep our county safe.

“This really emphasises the urgent need for wider public sector reform which must include pooling resources and budgets coupled with a very strong commitment to work together locally and regionally.”

Chief Finance Officer Chris Bland, said; “We are updating our medium term financial plans in light of today’s announcement and will be meeting next week to discuss its implications for the coming four years.”