03 SEP 2015

Be fair to Welsh rural communities, Home Secretary urged

Four prominent politicians have urged Home Secretary Theresa May to treat rural Wales fairly under new police funding plans.

Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon, Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart, Montgomeryshire MP Glyn Davies and Brecon and Radnorshire MP Chris Davies all represent largely rural communities.

In a letter to Ms May, they say: "We write to express our concern that proposed changes to the police funding formula appear to make no allowances for rural areas.

"We urge you to support fair funding for rural areas."

In response to a Government consultation on the reform of police funding arrangements, the politicians point out that proposed measures focus on population density possibly to the detriment of sparsely populated areas.

They say: "We urge, on behalf of the people of Dyfed-Powys, that the Government recognises the limitations of urban-based statistics in describing rural areas.

"We also urge that the Government does not neglect the additional cost of providing services to those areas, from additional fuel costs to the additional infrastructure required to maintain a reasonable emergency response."

The consultation closes on September 15.

Home Office funding for Dyfed-Powys Police this year is £37.5m, down £1.2m on last year. It is expected to fall again next year.


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