Leicestershire Police chief welcomes Chancellor’s announcement there will be no more cuts to force’s budget for next five years

Leicestershire Police chief constable Simon Cole EMN-150311-132732001

Leicestershire Police chief constable Simon Cole EMN-150311-132732001

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Leicestershire Police chief constable Simon Cole has welcomed today’s announcement by Chancellor George Osborne that there will be no further cuts to the force’s budget for the next five years.

It had been feared that Mr Osborne was considering deep cuts to the police budget in England and Wales but he announced today in his Spending Review that there would be no cuts.

Earlier this month Leicestershire Police unveiled Blueprint 2020 – a five year programme which will decide how to make significant savings and take the force into a new era of policing.

The force had been expecting to face cuts of between 25 and 40 per cent, meaning it would have to make further savings of between £17million and £28m - on top of savings of £36.1m which it has made between 2010 and 2015.

But now police chiefs, shocked by today’s announcement, will be analysing the Chancellor’s statement in more detail to better understand its impact for Leicestershire and Rutland.

Mr Cole said: “I very much welcome the announcement by the Chancellor that there will be no cuts in police budgets for the next five years.

“Since 2010, against a backdrop of a growing population in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and the changing nature of crime and its complexity, the force has successfully reduced its operating budget by £36.1 million and also achieved year on year reductions in recorded crime.

“I made clear my concerns about further cuts to our budget as part of our consultation exercise and when I appeared before the Home Affairs Select Committee earlier this month.

“I’m yet to examine the detail of what the Chancellor has set out today but we remain committed to innovation and reform. However, the news that there will be no further cuts to the police budget in Leicestershire is positive for local people and local communities.”