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Police facing cuts over funding

Derbyshire Police Authority has warned cuts may have to be made as it still has a £1.16m funding shortfall next year, despite an appeal.

The authority had planned to raise its part of council tax bills by 8.68% to make up a £1.5m budget gap for 2010/11 but this was turned down.

Local Government Minister John Healey had said the rise was excessive.

The government has agreed to boost the budget by £400,000 after an appeal but the authority said this was not enough.

'Bitterly disappointed'

The police authority has now said it may have to make cuts to make up the funding shortfall.

Authority chairwoman Janet Birkin said: "The public of Derbyshire should be in no doubt that the financial limitations imposed on us will have a major impact on the ability of the Derbyshire Police Authority and the Derbyshire Constabulary to deliver its statutory responsibilities in 2010 and beyond.

"But we will continue to work hard and take the tough decisions necessary to protect front-line policing."

Ch Cons Mick Creedon added: "I remain bitterly disappointed that a decision was made by central government to restrict the budget agreed by Derbyshire Police Authority.

"We will rigorously review every aspect of our spending and make what is already a highly efficient force even more so.

"The public can be assured that all the police officers, police community support officers and members of police staff of the constabulary are determined to provide the very best possible level of service for everyone."

In a statement, the Home Office said: "We are clear that capping should not impact on front line policing.

"But we must also protect council taxpayers from excessive increases, and the government made it clear that it expected the average council tax increase to be substantially below five per cent and that it would take capping action against excessive increases."

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