Debate on the police settlement

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The role of police and crime commissioners was questioned during a debate on the police settlement in plenary on 19 February 2013.

The total amount of central funding that the four police forces in Wales will receive for 2013-14 financial year is 1.57% lower than for the previous year.

Police and Crime Commissioners across Wales have been setting the funding level for police precepts. South Wales Police will raise the contribution from tax payers 7% for the coming year.

Dyfed-Powys police forces are proposing a 3.9% rise, while North Wales Police, will also raise tax payers contribution 3.9%.

Council tax payers in Gwent will see a rise of 2.66%.

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood said that the low turnout in November's Police and Crime Commissioners election showed that there was no public appetite for the position.

She added that police commissioners "building empires with new assistants and new deputies" was the wrong focus at a time when cuts from the UK government were putting communities in Wales at risk.

However, Conservative AM Janet Finch Saunders welcomed the introduction of the commissioners.

She also expressed her disappointment that the highest precept level that has been agreed in England and Wales is that of South Wales Police, set by the Labour Commissioner Alun Michael.

Liberal Democrat AM Peter Black criticised the Welsh Labour Government for its portrayal of police forces in Wales.

"I don't share the pessimistic view," he said.

"In terms to the crisis facing the police forces, this crisis has been brewing for over a decade and clearly now it is being addressed slowly and surely and is being put right".

Opening and closing the debate, Local Government Minister Carl Sargeant criticised the funding contribution from the UK Government.

He also said that the Welsh Government' commitment of £40 million pounds has deployed 360 extra Police Community Officers on Welsh Streets.

Referring to the precept level set in South Wales Police area he said that he had written to the Police Commissioner to ask for the reasons behind the setting of that level.

The motion was agreed.

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