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MP Stephen Metcalfe meets with Prime Minister David Cameron over police funding

STEPHEN Metcalfe, local Member of Parliament for South Basildon and East Thurrock, yesterday met with the Prime Minister, David Cameron, to discuss his on going concerns about police funding and the impact that the proposed reduction will have on Policing in Essex, especially in Basildon and Thurrock.

While it is true that nationally crime is falling, Essex has struggled to maintain that trend and further funding cuts will make it even harder for Essex to keep pace.

With one of the lowest Police precepts in the country, Essex has always delivered great value for money policing, but there is only so far we can go. And with any rise in the precept capped at 2% and the prospect of less funding from central Government some very difficult decisions are being proposed.

Stephen Metcalfe, who is in regular discussions with the police, therefore took the opportunity to take these local crime concerns directly to the PM to make the case for a new funding deal.

There are already plans to change the way the Police grant is allocated which would see some increased funding, but Stephen also wanted to talk about the possibility of lifting the 2% cap and the possibility of holding a local referendum on raising the Police Precept.

Mr Metcalfe commented: “I continue to want to see low taxes and value for money but I also believe there is only so far we can go without the ability to raise more funds ourselves and that’s the message I took to the Prime Minister.”

“I strongly believe that local residents and businesses deserve to have their say on this issue as they are the people who will feel the impact in the reduction in police numbers and the closure of local police stations”.

“The Prime Minister listen carefully to my points and has agreed to look at the issues I have raised and to discuss them with both the Chancellor and the Home Secretary.”

“As ever, I would like to thank the Police for their hard work and dedication under difficult circumstances and I will do all I can to support them as they continue to do their best to fight and prevent crime in Basildon and Thurrock.”

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