MP Predicts Lower Cuts To Police Budget

MP Derek Thomas

MP Derek Thomas

Scilly’s MP says he doesn’t believe that cuts to the Police budget will be as bad as some commentators have suggested.

Conservative member for St Ives, Derek Thomas, is a backbencher and, as such, he says he’s not been given an insight into today’s autumn statement by the Chancellor.

But he doubts that funding will be reduced by between 20 and 40% in the Comprehensive Spending Review.

Derek says he has been critical of the very public nature of the debate over Police funding.

And he feels people should avoid statements that cause distress and uncertainty for Police Officers, PCSOs and their families until the impact of any funding reduction is made clear.

Throughout the last 5 years Police management have consistently said St Mary’s Police staffing levels of three officers and a civilian PCSO are required because of our isolated position.

Devon and Cornwall Police already believe they will face a £39m budget reduction, which Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg has described as “really challenging.”