Magazine article Public Finance

Elections for Police Representatives Will Cost £30M

Magazine article Public Finance

Elections for Police Representatives Will Cost £30M

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The taxpayer will have to pay out more than £30m to fund directly elected police representatives, research suggests.

A Local Government Association survey, published on November 12, found the elections would cost an estimated £31.9m, a sum that could fund 700 extra police officers.

The LGA branded the elections a 'pointless waste of money' while public sector budgets are under enormous strain.

LGA chair Margaret Eaton said: At a time when the whole country is having to tighten its belt and the government's cupboard is bare, here they are suggesting spending tens of millions on elections ihat are completely unnecessary.

'This money could be spent putting hundreds of extra police officers on our streets, at the front une of the fight against crime. …

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