Fleetwood MP blasts ‘gobsmacking’ police funds error

Fleetwood MP Cat Smith
Fleetwood MP Cat Smith

Fleetwood MP Cat Smith has described the Government blunder which almost cost Lancashire Constabulary an extra £16.5m cut in its budget as ‘gobsmacking’.

She said: “In the past few weeks I have been challenging the Home Office to review their police funding formula which seemed to be disproportionately hitting Lancashire. I spoke out in Parliament and demanded the funding formula was reviewed.”

In the past few weeks I have been challenging the Home Office to review their police funding formula which seemed to be disproportionately hitting Lancashire

Last week the Home Office admitted, on the final day of a twice-extended consultation, that the funding formula it was proposing was based on incorrect data. Lancashire’s £24.5m cut has since been altered to £8m.

Ms Smith added: “I feel vindicated in my campaigning for a just cause – it’s truly gobsmacking to see how close we got to seeing unfair cuts hitting our communities.”