Barry Coppinger with Durham PCC Ron Hogg and Northumbria PCC Vera Baird
Statement from PCCs for Cleveland, Durham & Northumbria re ‘Public Spending in Tough Times’ speech from Shadow Chief Secretary to Treasury, Chris Leslie MP
Following the recent speech by Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Chris Leslie MP, the three Police & Crime Commissioners for the North East show they support his stance for saving money, and are leading the way by providing an office which is cheaper to run than the former Police Authorities.
“We welcome and support the recent statement from Chris Leslie MP. When Mr Leslie states it is wrong that PCCs cost more than Police Authorities, here in the North East we are far cheaper. For example, the Office of Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria costs £2 million less per year compared to the last year of the police authority, which means 80 more officers on the beat, in Northumbria alone, than could have been funded if Police Authorities had continued. This is down to the determination and tenacity of Commissioner’s to keep their election pledge of offering better value for money than former police authorities.
Durham PCC’s office will cost less than £1.0m to run in 2014/15, which is £200,000 less than the equivalent cost for the Durham Police Authority. The Durham Police and Crime Commissioner is mindful of the need to demonstrate value for money and to that end has not appointed a deputy and reorganised his support team to keep costs at a minimum.”
“Cleveland PCC’s office now costs £315k less per annum than the last year of the Police Authority – this is a reduction of over 25%. PCC Barry Coppinger said further efficiencies will be found in 2014–15 despite the responsibilities of PCC’s encompassing the entire criminal justice system, and including a major focus on commissioning services for victims, which is a far wider remit than that of Police Authorities.
“We’ve all taken on a broader spread of responsibilities in developing community safety. Since our election we have all secured savings, specifically to keep police officers on the beat and worked with our local Forces to ensure value for money across police budgets.
“We believe the way forward is for greater collaboration between our forces and others, and with other public services.
“There are good examples of this: in terms of the collaboration between forces in the North of England re developing Forensic Science services; between the three North East forces to establish a unit to tackle serious and organised crime; and between ourselves as North East PCCs to develop a strategy to tackle violence against women and girls.
“We will continue to work together, with our local forces and with other public sector partners, where appropriate, to best serve the communities across the region we are here to serve and continue to ensure value for money.
Shadow Chief Secretary’s speech is below
Posted on Wednesday 26th February 2014