Sunday, 14 October 2012

Lancashire Tories will cut your local PCSO’s

A survey of PCSO’s has found that seven Labour Councils in Lancashire employ 86 extra PCSO whilst seven Tory run Councils only employ just 31 and Wyre employs 11 of those. Tory Councils are not taking crime as seriously as Labour Councils.

Last year Tories at County Hall voted to reduce police numbers further by voting against an increase in police proportion of council tax of £2.44 a year on a Band A property (or just 4.5pence per week) that would have seen the equivalent of 51 PCSO’s sacked.

The Tories are letting Lancashire down, supporting 20% police cuts nationally, Tory Council’s who are not taking crime seriously (Table 1) and Tory Councillors who voted to reduce PCSO numbers in Lancashire even further (2) .

In Hyndburn the Tory PCSO cuts would have scraped the neighbourhood policing team in Baxenden. I would urge residents to protect our local PCSO's and write to your Tory councillors and to Tim Ashton (Tory candidate for Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner next month) making sure they understand the value of neighbourhood policing and the important of police numbers on the beat.

Clive Grunshaw is Labour's Police and Crime Commissioner candidate

Editors Notes

(2) http://menmedia.co.uk/accringtonobserver/news/s/1486421_anger-over-decision-to-increase-police-precept-by-25-per-cent

(1) Table 1

Partnership
Total


Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
20

Blackpool Borough Council
17

Burnley Borough Council
8

Chorley Borough Council
27

Hyndburn
6

Pendle Council
6

Preston City Council
5

Ribble Valley Borough Council
2

Rossendale Borough Council
3

South Ribble Borough Council
4

West Lancs District Council
8

Wyre Borough Council
11

Morecambe Borough Council
0

Fylde Borough Council
0


117


86


31