Thursday, 6 July 2017

Tories will not tell us why Policing is not devolved.

The Blog Plaid  Wrecsam should be a model  for all Plaid  Constituency or local Branch.
Yesterday they  told us  that 
Figures provided by Dyfed Powys Police show that if policing in Wales was funded on the basis of population, they would be better off by £25 million per year. Devolving policing to Wales, bringing Wales into line with Scotland and northern Ireland, would ensure that policing would be funded through the Barnett Formula, which is based on population, rather than the UK Government’s police funding formula.

The UK Government also intends on reforming its police funding formula which, if implemented, would deliver a further £32 million cut to the Welsh police forces.

Devolving policing could therefore protect the Welsh police forces from Westminster’s £32 million cut and instead deliver a £25 million boost to their finances.

Llyr Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru’s North Wales AM, said:

“The fall in police numbers is being felt acutely in certain communities here in the North, where anti-social behaviour is on the rise and there’s a feeling that police can’t cope. Losing one in every 12 police officers in the last seven years would stretch any organization and it’s clear that frontline policing has suffered as a result of Tory cuts and UK central government policies.”

At the same time Plaid's leader in the House of common pushed the claim that Welsh police forces would be £25m a year better off if the service was devolved,
Liz Saville Roberts challenged Theresa May at Prime Minister's Questions, saying Wales had lost 750 officers since the Tories took power in 2010.
Mrs May said crime was at a record low, and that the Conservatives had protected police funding since 2015.
She also pointed to the creation of the National Crime Agency and a national cyber crime unit as boosting resources.
Ms Saville Roberts, who leads Plaid Cymru at Westminster, told the House of Commons:
"Police officer numbers in Wales have dropped by 10 per cent since her party came to power."
Referring to figures provided by Dyfed-Powys Police, she added: 
"If policing were devolved - as it is in Northern Ireland and Scotland - Welsh forces would have extra funding worth £25m at their disposal.
"This would more than replace those lost officers.
"What justification is there for refusing to devolve policing?"
Of course this being Prime Ministers Question Time , Mrs May did not  actually give an answer  only flim-flim flsm

She said,

“We’ve been round this discussion before but can I just address the central issue of what the honourable lady is talking about which is about police budgets and is about the number of police officers.

“We are currently protecting police budgets, we’ve been doing that since 2015.

“That, I believe is acknowledged across the House and we’ve not just protected those police budgets – we are ensuring that the Police have the capabilities they need to deal with new types of crime - creating the National Cybercrime unit, creating the National Crime Agency – these are all important steps to ensure the Police can do their job of cutting crime and crime is at a record low.”

Nothing about Plaids question of why unlike Northern Ireland and Scotland  We do not have Policing devolved.

The answer is presumably  that we are not grown up enough for such responsibility.

At least it would be an answer and not a delve in to the Tory Book of Lies Facts.

1 comment:

  1. "The answer is presumably that we are not grown up enough for such responsibility". Yes the problem if policing was devolved would be that wales would soon become a haven for master criminals, terrorists and drug lords. Give it 12 months and ISIS would be carrying out training routines on Snowdonia, the Medellín Cartel would be selling crack cocaine on every school gate and jack the ripper would be back in grim business and skulking around dark welsh alleyways.