Lobbying for Fair Funding
The Commissioner and Chief Constable for Dorset Police wrote to the Home Office in January 2017 to formally express their disappointment with the funding settlement provided to the PCC.
The provisional grant report for 2017-18 represents a cash reduction in funding for Dorset Police.
The implication of this decision is that the Commissioner is expected to increase the local precept by the maximum available simply to maintain funding at flat cash levels compared to 2015/16. This reduces the local control he has while still resulting in a real terms reduction in resources once inflationary factors are accounted for.
A significant part of our approach is working in a Strategic Alliance with Devon and Cornwall Police to maximise opportunities for improved service delivery and increased efficiencies but the settlement presents continuing challenges.
The Commissioner has previously backed reports calling for fairer funding for rural forces.