Police Federation warns Government funding deal falls short

Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb has urged the Government to give the Force the funding it needs to “meet the growing and complex demands of policing”.

Roger cautiously welcomed the provisional police funding settlement for 2022/23 but warned it is not enough to undo a decade of austerity and cuts.

Home Secretary Priti Patel has published details of the provisional settlement, with policing receiving an extra £1.1 billion next year. It represents a seven per cent increase on last year’s figures.

Dyfed Powys Police’s provisional settlement will rise from £114.6 million in 2020/21 to £121.9m in 2021/22 and then to £127.9m in 2022/23.

Roger said: “While we welcome more funding, this isn’t enough to undo the cuts of the last 10 years and meet the growing and complex demands of policing.

“It’s vital that we not only have the resources to tackle traditional crime such as burglary, but that we’re able to focus on growing crimes such as cyber-crime.

“Over the last two years we’ve also had the challenge of policing the pandemic, and increasingly we’re being asked to support our colleagues in other services such as ambulance and mental health.

“But we continue to be restricted by the austerity cuts to police numbers, support and infrastructure.

“If we’re to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour then we need to be properly resourced, not just in terms of officers but support, infrastructure and equipment, and that needs sustained long-term investment.”

Ms Patel said that the additional £1.1bn will help support the delivery of the Beating Crime Plan, which set out the Government’s mission to deliver fewer victims, safer neighbourhoods, and a more secure country.

In particular, the plan focuses on driving down homicide, serious violence and neighbourhood crime – to ensure that everyone can benefit from the security that a safe home, street and country provides.

She said: “Crimes including theft, burglary and knife crime are down, we’ve got an additional 11,053 police officers on our streets, and we’ve shut down 1,500 drugs lines which exploit the young and the vulnerable.

“But we must go further and faster to make our communities even safer, so today I am giving our excellent police forces and law enforcement agencies more funding to do just that, in line with our Beating Crime Plan.

“Reducing crime is a top priority for this Government and I will continue working with police leaders to ensure this unprecedented investment results in less crime and fewer victims.”