Magazine article Public Finance

Police Authorities Slam 'Unfair' Merger Compensation Plans

Magazine article Public Finance

Police Authorities Slam 'Unfair' Merger Compensation Plans

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Police authorities have attacked the Home Office's plans for compensation following the collapse of the compulsory merger programme.

Some forces have already submitted bids for money to refund costs incurred by drawing up business plans and obtaining legal advice in preparation for their transformation into strategic forces.

Sussex police has submitted a bill for Elm, North Wales Police is asking for £375,000 and North Yorkshire is demanding £250,000 in compensation.

But Home Office plans to significantly limit both the number of forces it compensates and the costs it will reimburse have been attacked as 'unfair'.

Police forces such as Greater Manchester and Kent that would have been left to 'stand alone' under the new regime will not be eligible for compensation.

Nor will there be any recompense for forces in the English Southwest, where a ministerial decision on the new strategic structure was still pending, or for costs of lost time incurred by diverting managers from other projects on to the restructuring exercise. …

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