Cuts will continue as grant is reduced
STAFFORDSHIRE Police is already cutting £38 million over four years to cope with Government funding reductions – and finance bosses now expect cuts to get worse.
The force, along with local councils, is being kept in the dark until December about exactly how much Government funding it will receive for the next two financial years.
Governments grants have already fallen from £129.8 million in 2010/11 to £114.8 million this year.
Treasurer Paul Brindley has drawn up a financial forecast which assumes further Government funding cuts of 4.7 per cent in 2013/14 – as well as a two per cent tax rise to increase income.
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But his report warns that scenario would still leave the force needing to find savings of £2.7 million "over and above" the measures already in place.
And cuts are expected to continue indefinitely.
Chief Constable Mike Cunningham warned police and staff will have to continue to accept changes to their duties.
He said: "We're in it for the long-haul.
"If we carry on trying to do business in the same way as we always have with fewer people we will simply fall over."