Police budgets ‘unfair’ says PCC

19th February 2013. Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire Mark Burns-Williamson.
19th February 2013. Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire Mark Burns-Williamson.

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson has called for changes to the way police forces are funded.

Mr Burns-Williamson believes there is a ‘north-south-divide’ because of the way forces are funded across the country.

West Yorkshire Police rely on the government for 80 per cent of its funding and Mr Burns-Williamson called for changes to protect the force.

He said: “A place like West Yorkshire suffers disproportionately because of the scale of the cuts.

“The more our budget is cut, the more our funding gets hit.”

The former Castleford councillor was speaking on a visit to Eastmoor, in Wakefield last week.

He added: “In a place like Surrey they only rely on 50 per cent from government grants, so clearly there’s a disparity.

“I’ve been raising the issue of unfairness with the Home Secretary.”

Mr Burns-Williamson is also calling for reforms to the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Under current plans money obtained from criminals is not necessarily spent in the area it is seized from.

He said: “As a matter of principal I’m saying why aren’t we getting this money.

“I’m setting up a petition on the Number 10 website, and I’m lobbying the government.”