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Police and Crime Commissioner vows to continue funding fight

Police and Crime Commissioner vows to continue funding fight

Published at 5:52pm 11th December 2015. (Updated at 11:05am 14th December 2015)

North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner says she will continue to fight for fair funding. 

Julia Mulligan has been critical of the Government's proposed funding formula for police forces, claiming that it does not take into account the special challenges faced by rural forces.

She was one of six commissioners who recently wrote to the Home Office threatening legal action, calling the proposed formula "unfair, unjustified and completely flawed".

The Government has now halted its plans and is starting the review from scratch.

Mrs Mulligan's comments follow a report published by the Home Affairs Select Committee which called for an independent panel to be created to help the Home Office devise the new formula.

She said: "It was quite obvious from the early stages of the consultation that the funding formula process was deeply flawed.

"On behalf North Yorkshire residents, I am delighted the Government listened and went back to the drawing board. The Home Affairs Select Committee has obviously come to the same conclusion.  

"My focus now is on securing a fair funding settlement for North Yorkshire and rural forces like ours, which face very distinct challenges.

"I am also Chair of the National Rural Crime Network, and through its wide membership, I can ensure the voice of the countryside is heard and heeded. It's vital that we all come together and work with the Government to put our case forward in the strongest terms."