Vera Baird

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Home Affairs Select Committee Report

1st December 2016

Last week I welcomed the Home Affairs Committee document “Police & Crime Commissioners: Here to stay” which was recently published.

In March 2016, the Home Affairs Select Committee published a report entitled “Police & Crime Commissioners: Here to stay” the report covered a number of areas ranging from police funding to police and crime panels.   The report also made a number of recommendations – the main one being the problem with government determining a new police funding formula.  It urged immediate consultation with PCCs and forces, on the basis  of delivering clear and properly calculated proposals so that a new funding formula can be introduced without further damaging delay.

The Government responded to this and other points raised in the Committees report. Throughout the report it recognises the positive work of Police & Crime Commissioners.  The response also mentions that reforming the police funding formula remains the government’s ambition and they are in dialogue with partners.  I’m pleased that the government has recognised the positive contribution that PCCs have made to policing  and that they see the role of PCCs increasing much further locally. The government needs to get the police funding formula right, it needs to be open and transparent and the Home Secretary must recognise the diverse communities of Northumbria and the funding package must be fit for purpose

As Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, I will continue to engage with local communities to ensure Northumbria Police continue to address the needs of local residents.  Here in our region we are leading the way in many of the recommendations of the report, we have changed the complaints system which is what the government are now using as a model for all police forces in England and Wales, we continue to be open and transparent by providing information on our website.  Police & Crime Commissioners are here to speak up for local communities and that is what I will continue to do.