Government funding news and Christmas Covid policing under PCC spotlight

16/12/2020

Please note that due to a rise in local Covid-19 infection rates this meeting will no longer be webcast. Instead, it will be held remotely and minutes will be made available in the new year.

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On Thursday (17th December) the Government will be releasing more detailed information about the funding which individual forces across the UK will be receiving next year.

In this month’s remote Performance and Accountability Meeting with Chief Constable Jo Shiner, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne will be discussing the impact this funding announcement could have on Sussex Police.

PCCs nationally have already been given the opportunity by the Government to raise the police element in local people’s Council Tax (the Precept) by up to £15 a year for an average Band D property.

PCC Bourne began consulting with residents this week on policing priorities and funding plans for the next four years.  She says: “I want to hear Chief Constable Shiner’s reaction to the Government funding announcement for policing.

“I have been working closely with her and her senior team to plan for a range of potential post-Covid funding scenarios and how they might impact on existing plans. I want to offer reassurance to residents that Sussex Police are still continuing with the current recruitment drive and bolstering investigations and neighbourhood policing.

“The pandemic has meant hardship and heartache for many people and put public services under increased pressure, including our police. I want to hear what is important to residents to help inform my Police and Crime Plan and spending plans for the next four years. You can help by completing a very short survey or by playing my ‘Policing Challenge’ game, both can be found here."

In this meeting, PCC Bourne will also be seeking reassurances on the preparedness of the Force for the Covid Christmas period and any potential changes in Sussex tiers, as well as updates on current campaigns to tackle criminality on our roads, burglary, fraud and rural crime.