Cumbria’s physical geography and diverse demography of affluence and deprivation make the commissioning of any public services challenging. Ten years of austerity and a pandemic has made it even harder.
As a councillor of many years, I know we need to ensure that theft from farms is given the same priority as theft from homes and businesses in an urban area.
Austerity measures since 2010 has decimated police services and has forced the council taxpayer to pick up more of the costs. The impact of that funding gap is felt in the reduction in police officers, PSCO’s and vital support staff leading to closures of police buildings in some areas and a lessening of physical presence on the streets. The recent uplift in Police Officers does not return us to the numbers we had in 2010, nor has the Government any plans to introduce more Police Officers, PCSO’s or support staff in the future.
As PCC I would work to tackle the causes of crime, give greater emphasis to the victims of crime and work with others to ensure justice is seen to be done. I will prioritise young people and keep them out of the criminal justice system. I will also highlight the need for an improvement to the funding formula for the Police, recognising that it takes more resource to deliver public services in rural areas like ours than it does in cities in the south. Changes to the funding formula has been promised for years, I will take the case for improvements directly to the Association of PCC’s, the Home Office and Chancellor.
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This statement has been provided by Keith Little, Agent, 17 Spinners Yard, Fisher Street, Carlisle. CA3 82E
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