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Richard Burden MP: Meeting on Crime & Policing in Frankley and Great Park

Following discussion with local residents, have arranged a meeting on crime and policing in the Frankley and Great Park area on the evening of 18th January. The purpose of the meeting has two aims. The first is to discuss local community safety issues directly with representatives of West Midlands Police’s Longbridge neighbourhood team. The second is to provide an update and to hear residents’ views on the consultation being undertaken by the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner on West Midlands Police’s budget for the coming year.

With 258 crimes reported to the Police in the Longbridge area in November, it is understandable that our community is worried about crime. By bringing residents and local officers together, I hope this meeting can identify ways in which Police and local people can work together to combat crime, building on existing Neighbourhood Watch networks and local Police Tasking meetings to make communications as effective as possible going forward.

Good communication is vital, but it is not the whole story. West Midlands Police has lost more than 2,000 officers and £175 million has been taken from its budget by the Government. There is no doubt in my mind that cuts as severe as these are affecting their ability both to prevent and to respond to crime as effectively as they want, and as the public have a right to expect.

That is why along with David Jamieson, the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, I called on the Home Secretary to increase Government funding for West Midlands Police by just over £42m in the coming year to allow 500 more officers to be recruited.

However, the Home Secretary has announced an “increase” of only £15.9million. As West Midlands Police needs £25.6 million more just to stand still, however, £15.9m is a real-terms cut in government support. It means that the additional money needed to maintain current services must come from council tax payers. In the West Midlands, that would mean an extra £24 per year for each for Band D council taxpayer. At present West Midlands Police charges £128.55 for a Band D council tax payer.

So, the Police and Crime Commissioner is now asking for your views on whether he should increase the Police element of the Council Tax in this way.

I am very pleased that the Commissioner has agreed to come along on 18th January (7pm) to hear your thoughts on both this proposal and the ongoing efforts to secure a fair funding deal for our Police.

Although this meeting is primarily focused on recent experiences of crime in the Frankley and Great Park area of Longbridge, I will also be liaising with other neighbourhood Police teams across my constituency in the coming weeks and months to see how best to foster improved communications between Police and community and to see if this kind of meeting is an initiative that can be built on elsewhere in the Northfield area.


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Date

Fri 18 Jan 2019

Time

7:00 pm

Cost

Free

Location

Hollymoor Centre
Hollymoor Centre, 8 Manor Park Grove, Northfield, B31 5ER

Organiser

Richard Burden MP
Phone
0121 459 7804
Email
richard.burden.mp@parliament.uk
Website
http://www.richardburden.com
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