‘Force must get a fair deal in funding plan’

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TOP police officials have said the county’s force must get a fair deal when the government changes its funding scheme.

It comes as the government has revealed to Hampshire Constabulary the figures behind the proposed new formula used to determine the force’s funding.

Both chief constable Andy Marsh and Hampshire’s police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes last month urged the public to have a say in the funding.

They feel Hampshire has historically lost out and warned between 800 and 1,200 more officers could be lost in the next round of cuts.

In a joint statement released to The News they said: ‘We have received an initial update from government and are working to understand what this means for Hampshire, as some important factors are still unknown.

‘Therefore it would be misleading to release details of what these figures could mean at this stage.

‘The voice of the public and stakeholders of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight has been loud and clear.

‘Any changes to the funding formula must mean a fair deal for forces, such as Hampshire, that are independently assessed to be low cost.

‘We are continuing to make that case to government.’