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Business Leaders Criticise 'Bizarre' Police Funding System

Magazine article Public Finance

Business Leaders Criticise 'Bizarre' Police Funding System

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The police funding system is 'bizarre' and inhibits any reform efforts, business leaders said this week.

Addressing the Police Federation on June 2, CBI director general Richard Lambert speculated that the economic downturn would fuel an increase in crime, particularly property-related crime, fraud and civil disorder. Demands on the police would therefore intensify.

The response had to be to improve productivity rather than call for extra resources, he said. But the current funding system was singled out as a barrier to achieving productivity gains.

'Just how this [ funding system] meets the appropriate balance between resource allocation and the actual need for funding is very hard to tell,' Lambert said.

He cited a report from the Reform think-tank, which argued that the current funding model 'inhibited police forces from investing money where it might be most useful, and eroded the incentives to spend effectively and efficiently'. …

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