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Safety must never be compromised by funding cuts says PCC

POLICE reflective vestAfter a week in which Police and Crime Commissioners revealed the cost of meeting the rise in crime and protecting the public, Leicestershire’s PCC Lord Willy Bach said that safety should never be compromised as a result of funding cuts.

Evidence gathered by both PCCs and Police Chiefs shows that £440m extra is required in 2018/19 and £845m in 2019/20, an increase of 1.5% to 2% more than inflation in each year.

The rise in funding would provide an additional 5,000 officers to deal with increased local policing demands from new sorts of crime and increasing complexity, and an armed policing uplift of a further 1,100 officers.

The Government’s current funding arrangements, in place since the 2015 Spending Review, claim that overall police spending has been protected, in real terms, between 2015/16 to 2019/20.

However, due to the change in demand, the current “flat cash” settlement for local forces, which does not insulate them from inflation or the recent changes in the national pay settlement, is no longer considered sufficient.

Over the past five years police budgets have reduced by £2.3bn, representing a 25% cut in grant. Police numbers have gone down by 20,000, meaning there are less police on the streets. In fact, police numbers are at their lowest for 30 years.

Willy Bach said:

“The demands on the police are constantly increasing. Leicestershire Police received a record number of 999 calls on Tuesday (31 Oct) due to Halloween and a series of serious and resource-intensive incidents.

“During one four-hour period, the force received an average of one 999 call every minute.

“If it was just one night, that would be one thing, but it’s not. Crime is going up, nationally and locally.

“Crime is more complex, diverse and time-intensive than at any time in our recent history.

“We have fewer officers and we are asking more of them. We need officers to tackle issues such as cyber-crime and terrorism. The public rightly expect to see officers on the street.

“We need officers to investigate crimes and bring those responsible to justice. The population is rising. It is a perfect storm waiting to happen.

“I am quite clear that we simply cannot afford to compromise our approach to issues such as counter-terrorism, work which has naturally intensified this year, child sexual exploitation and on-line criminality.

“Policing terrorism is obviously as much about preparing for attacks and protecting people and businesses as it is about quickly catching those responsible afterwards. I know the force work hard at doing that and I want to see that continue if not increase.?

“The tragic events this year have seen a massive level of support come from forces including here in Leicestershire. We want to be able to continue to offer this support and any reduction in funding might make this difficult.

“I believe that nationally we need to invest in counter-terrorism activity. And that’s not just specialist officers, but the whole policing family who play such a huge role in intelligence gathering and response to the horrific attacks we have witnessed this year.

“Further budget cuts – otherwise known as the flat cash ‘protected’ settlement – are simply doing those who seek to protect us a disservice.”

Grants available for community groups in Blaby District

077-commbus-project-community-transport-in-blaby-districtCommunity groups or organisations providing services in Blaby District, may be eligible to apply for a grant from the Council.

There are three types of grant available to help develop or improve services for local people – Capital Grants up to £5000, Revenue Grants up to £750, and Staying Healthy Grants up to £1000.

Each grant is designed to help with different costs such as building works, equipment purchase, venue or transport costs or one-off special events. We can provide advice on which grant is most suitable for your group or organisation’s needs.

The last round of grants awarded a total of £29,382 and successful applicants included Coping with Cancer, St Andrews Church & The Foxes Archery Club.

Applications for community grants are accepted three times a year and the next deadline is Friday 29th May 2015, 12.30pm.

Groups that have received a grant within the last two years are not eligible to apply and priority will be given to groups who are new to apply and focus on the Council’s key objectives of Economy & Skills, Health & Wellbeing & Homes & Communities

For more information and to request an application pack, please contact the Grants Co-ordinator at bmh@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7718. Details of the grants programmes can also be found at www.blaby.gov.uk

Grants available for community groups

077-commbus-project-community-transport-in-blaby-districtCommunity groups or organisations providing services in Blaby district may be eligible to apply for a grant from the Council.

There are three types of grant available to help develop or improve services for local people – Capital Grants up to £5000, Revenue Grants up to £500, and Staying Healthy Grants up to £1000.

Each grant is designed to help with different costs such as building works, equipment purchase, venue or transport costs or one-off special events. We can provide advice on which grant is most suitable for your group or organisation’s needs.

Successful applicants from the last round of grants included Blaby & Glen Parva Community Service, Whetstone Drama Group, Stoney Stanton Evergreens, Sapcote Heritage Group and Huncote Parish Council.

Cllr David Freer, portfolio holder for Partnerships and Corporate Service at Blaby District Council, said:

“It’s a pleasure being involved in the grants scheme and hearing about the difference community groups and organisations can make in our local communities.

“Times are challenging for public services so it’s particularly important that we continue to support the vital work of our voluntary and community sector wherever possible. Even relatively small amounts of money can make a huge difference in improving the quality of life for our residents, particularly the most vulnerable.”

The deadline for the next round of grants is Friday 28 November 2014.

To receive an application pack or for advice about the eligibility criteria or completing your application, contact Jenny Bown at Community Action Partnership on 0116 2727669 or emailjenny@communityap.org.uk

Council Grants available for Community Groups in Blaby District

communityactionpartnershipA new round of funding is available for community groups in Blaby District wanting to expand or develop their activities.

If your group is based in Blaby district, and benefits people in the district, you may be eligible to apply for a Blaby District Council community grant. Community Action Partnership administers the grants programme on behalf of the District Council
Funding is now available for groups to apply for grants. The different funding streams are as follows.

1) Capital Grants up to £5,000 for larger projects but must be match-funded by at least 50% of the total project cost.

2) Revenue grants up to £500 for projects or small capital purchases that benefit the community

3) Staying Healthy Grants up to £1000 for projects that meet the staying healthy key priorities

The grant programme aims to support a wide range of community groups. Groups that have received a grant within the last two years are not eligible to apply and priority will be given to groups that have not applied previously, and that focus on the District Council’s key objectives of Children & Young People, The Environment, Safety, Strength & Health of the community and Valued Public Services within the community.

Applications for the community grants are accepted quarterly and the next deadline is
Friday 30th May 2014, 12 noon.

For more information, or to request an application pack, please contact the Community Support Organiser at Community Action on 0116 2727669 or email jenny@communityap.org.uk

You can also learn more by attending a grants drop-in at The Pavilion, Sportsfield Lane, Huncote on Tuesday 13th May between 7:00 and 8:30pm. No appointment necessary.

Details of the grants programmes can be found on Community Action’s website: www.communityactionpartnership.org.uk

MP welcomes cash for potholes

road potholeLeicestershire has been allocated £1,491,977 for local road repair, a move welcomed by the MP for Harborough, Oadby and Wigston, Sir Edward Garnier.

Writing on his website, the MP said potholes damage cars and disrupt journeys.

During this parliament, the government will invest £4.5 billion on local roads maintenance:

The MP continued…

Sir Edward Garnier
Sir Edward Garnier

“The £168 million that was announced in the budget for England will be allocated through a bid based Fund, with further guidance on the application process published in the coming weeks.
“Introducing competition to the process will help drive efficiency and I hope that Leicestershire County Council submits a strong application for funding.”

During the coming months a number of areas in Enderby and Blaby District are to be the subject of carriageway maintenance.

» Edward Garnier MP (website)