A week after posting that police forces will start losing officers despite the government claims of supporting the police so strongly that record numbers of officers are in post, news of some forces already suggesting unless they receive more funding they will have to cut officers.
Strathclyde is facing a deficit of Ã‚Â£34million in 2009-2010 which could rise to Ã‚Â£66million by 2013. Lothian & Borders & Grampian police both stated they faced the prospect of staff cuts.
It’s not just Scotland’s forces facing budget cuts. Chiefs up & down the country are being told to slash millions of their current budgets. Since 90% of the force budget goes in staff costs it seems inevitable that enforced savings will mean cuts to the pay budget & loss of jobs.
A spokesman for the Scottish government said: “(We] are investing a record Ã‚Â£23 billion from 2008-10 to ensure that local authorities have the resources they need to deliver local services.”
So that’s alright then.