The Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire has written to the Chancellor, asking for a fair funding settlement in today's Budget.
David Keane has issued an open letter to Philip Hammond outlining the challenges that could be posed by a “woeful” flat cash settlement.
The call comes as Cheshire Constabulary is faced with finding a further £13million worth of cuts to services over the next three years, on top of over £60 million made over the last seven years.
“When it comes to the ‘thin blue line’ in Cheshire, I’d say we are now stretched to breaking point,” said Mr Keane.
“As budget cuts bite deeper due to austerity – and if the Government refuses to listen to the people of Cheshire – we will be faced with making some incredibly difficult decisions when it comes to the future of the force in Cheshire.
“And the responsibility for this rests with the Government. That’s why I’m calling on the voices of the people of Cheshire to be heard in the corridors of power before it’s too late.”
The Commissioner has called on Cheshire residents to back his call for fairer funding, in order to protect plans to ensure a local police presence is available to everyone.
“When I was given the honour of being elected Cheshire’s Police Commissioner, I made a promise to fight for the people of Cheshire. I’d encourage everyone who cares about their safety and security, and that of their communities and their families, to join me in making sure that our collective voices are heard when it comes to a fairer settlement for Cheshire Police.
“Whilst the Budget sets the agenda for the nations finances, a lot of the detail is yet to be decided, hence the need for us to carry on fighting for a fairer deal for Cheshire.”