Lincolnshire has achieved a grading of ‘good’ in the recent HMIC (Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary) inspection on efficiency. The only area to ‘require improvement’ relates to the overall amount of money the force receives in grant from Central Government and the need for that to be reviewed to maintain the service standard in Lincolnshire. The report makes clear that the force has taken all reasonable steps to use its resources wisely both independently and in its collaborations. The full report can be found here https://t.co/BcpfdXIZy8 and on page 32 the independent inspectorates comments on the funding issue.
The way that the national funding formula for policing has been set means that even with the maximum 2% increase in council tax precept (for a band A property this is £2.69 per year) the money available to the force remains the same, as the grant from government reduces by that same amount year on year. If there is no council tax increase then the force will reduce its budget by 2% and reduce the service it delivers. The only way additional funding can realistically be obtained to deliver additional service is if the review of the national funding formula, due to take place through 2017, results in Lincolnshire receiving a better settlement from government.
To ensure that the needs of the people of Lincolnshire continue to be met, to see improvements in service and crime reduction as well as to meet the challenge of growing threats such as child sexual exploitation, cyber-crime and human trafficking, we will need to budget carefully. Please consider the following questions and rest assured that your views really do matter to me.
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