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From the Suffolk Police and Crime Comissioner
As your Police and Crime Commissioner it’s my job to ensure you as a Suffolk taxpayer gets the very best value for money for policing in the county. At the moment I don’t believe we get a reasonable share of funding so I am launching this campaign to get public support to make a case to Government for a fairer settlement.
I welcome a fundamental review of the funding formula by the Policing Minister, Brandon Lewis, as it provides me with this opportunity to lobby for a formula which is readily understandable, transparent and provides a fairer funding settlement for Suffolk.
But I need your help, I’d like you to go to www.suffolk-pcc.gov.uk to read my assessment and, if you agree, to show your support by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 20th January . Any additional comments that anyone wishes to make can be added to this email. I will use these public responses as evidence to lobby the Minister for a fairer deal for Suffolk.
I think Suffolk should get a more equitable settlement, which reflects the challenges the county faces. Whilst I recognise that fairness should take account of specific factors that will be common across all policing areas, I think the rural nature of Suffolk should be given proper weighting and the challenge of policing individual communities over a large geographic expanse should be considered when levels of funding are agreed.
Suffolk is home to one of the largest container ports in Europe, has a coast line of over 60 miles, we have five military establishments including two American airbases, the county is home to a nuclear power station and the A14 is a major route of national importance – my concern is that the Government does not recognise the significance of these crucial strategic national assets and the impact it has on our police service.
If we compare ourselves to one of our closest neighbours, we would receive around £3m more Home Office grant funding every year if it was funded to the same level as Norfolk (using unweighted population as the basis of the calculation). This is just not fair; £3million is a huge disparity between two quite similar counties.
Suffolk has a reputation of being a very prosperous county, and while there some very affluent areas, over 83,000 people in the county live in income deprivation at the most minimal standard provided by welfare benefits, that’s over 10% of the population. The recently published ‘Hidden Needs’ researchmakes pretty sober reading; the first report was written five years ago and sadly deprivation levels have increased right across the county since then. Sadly, where there are higher levels of economic and social deprivation, communities suffer from increased levels of crime, anti-social behaviour, addiction and abuse, which provides resourcing challenges for the Constabulary which are not considered in the current formula.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk
SCAM WARNING TO EVERYONE
Most of us get agitated by cold calling telephone calls and do what we can to block or avoid them. One such way is to register with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS). However, some criminal elements are using that to defraud unsuspecting people. We have been made aware of people being contacted by telephone by those purporting to be from the TPS. They will either attempt to get you to 'sign up' to the service, for which you will be told there is a charge or that your TPS agreement is about to expire and needs to be renewed. Both will require all your personal details and credit card details to be provided. BEWARE - THIS IS A SCAM! The TPS is a FREE service and anyone wishing to register can find more details on their website at www.tpsonline.org.uk The TPS will never contact you requiring payments or credit card details and once registered there is no further need to update it. If you suspect you have been contacted by a fraudulent organisation the advice is to report it to Action Fraud at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk
Yaxley village is situated just off the A140, Suffolk, about 1 mile west of Eye and 20 miles north of Ipswich. There are just over 200 residential properties in the village, the 12th century church of St Mary, the Yaxley Community Centre, a Public House (the Cherry Tree), which now also accommodates the Post Office & Village Store, and one restaurant, the Bull Auberge.
The name ‘YAXLEY’ means cuckoo in a woodland clearing hence the village sign is illustrated with a cuckoo. The sign also depicts a ‘Sextons Wheel’ – the original wheel can still be found inside the 12th Century Church of St Mary, hanging high above the door.
The Yaxley Community Centre is run by the Community Council, which also takes a leading role in organising many of the events in the village. The Centre plays host to a number of clubs, the Cuckoo Club, Art Club, Garden Club,the Four Seasons Ladies Club and the Needlework and Craft group. These along with a number of other varied activities in the village keeps Yaxley a lively place to live.
If you wish to hire the village hall please e-mail Celia Armstrong or call 01379 788754