Durham police boss blasts £10m Government funding cut

POLICE ROLE: Ron Hogg, Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner.
POLICE ROLE: Ron Hogg, Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner.

Durham’s police commissioner has blasted the Government - after the force was left reeling by a £10m funding cut.

The amount of money Durham Constabulary is likely to receive to police next year is set to be slashed from £80m to £70m after a wide-ranging Government funding review.

Durham and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg has hit out at the ‘bewildering’ 12.5% cash cut - which was only broke to police bosses today.

Mr Hogg said: “I am both angry and bewildered as to how the Government can say that we can police County Durham and Darlington with £10m less to spend each year.

“I have written to the Government in the strongest terms stating that they should abandon this whole process and leave the current funding formula alone as it is causing too much instability, not only for Durham but also for other Forces.

“Durham is the highest performing Police Force in the Country and this is what the public expect, however continuation of this is dependent upon the Government taking a sensible view as to the level of funding we need.

“Currently the Government’s view totally lacks this common sense approach.”