Labour’s Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate, David Michael MBE, has written to Members of Parliament across Bedfordshire in the run up to a series of important debates about police funding.
The former Scotland Yard Detective Chief Inspector has contacted MPs in a cross-party effort to lobby the Government for a fairer deal for Bedfordshire, as Westminster starts to debate the grant for 2021/22. The highly criticized funding formula has been raised in a number of meetings across the county, with Government statements previously calling the calculations “complex, opaque and out of date”.
David Michael said, “We know that Bedfordshire does not get a fair deal when it comes to funding for our Police Service. As a former Police Officer of 30 years, I have seen the impact a well-funded Police service can have when it comes to tackling crime.
Nationally, Police forces are being asked to make efficiency savings of £120m, with Bedfordshire Police having to find £13 million in savings over the past five years. We are a county that faces a lot inner city crime issues, including a high number of organised crime units and very high rates of drug trafficking. We need the funding to match this demand.
All Elected Representatives want to do everything they can to ensure their area gets a fair share of the pie. I know that Westminster can be a fractious place, but I am optimistic that our Members of Parliament will do everything they can to speak up for a better deal for Bedfordshire.”