Caroline Flint, Labour MP for Don Valley, has today expressed concern that South Yorkshire police will not receiving equal funding to other forces across the country.
The Police Funding Settlement 2019/20 was debated today in the House of Commons, which will allow local authorities to increase council tax to pay for extra police funding.
With the planned rise in council tax, regional disparities mean that councils in richer areas will gather more in tax. South Yorkshire, which has experienced a dramatic 178% increase in violent crime since 2013, will only be able to recoup about 12% of what funding has been lost since 2010. Surrey, on the other hand will be able to recoup about a third.
This comes as police numbers are at the lowest levels in three decades. Since 2010, over 21,000 police officers have been lost, despite repeated Government promises to protect the front line.
Said Flint: “Whilst the Government’s headline figure of £970 million for the police sounds good, when you begin to dig deeper, you realise that it is council taxpayers paying the price by paying more to fund their police services.
“The regional disparities caused by this funding change are stark. South Yorkshire deserves more central funding. There should be no winners or losers when it comes to public safety.”