Police chiefs in cash challenge

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POLICE chiefs are asking South Yorkshire residents to have their say on how the force budget should be spent.

The force is facing cuts of around £41 million over the next four years following the Government’s public spending review.

For the second year running, the county’s Police Authority is inviting residents to use its ‘online budget simulator’ aimed at highlighting the difficulties it faces in deciding how the budget is spent each year.

The online tool allows visitors to make adjustments to spending in key areas, including specialist operations and criminal justice, but users are asked to balance the budget so that local residents do not have to pay more council tax.

Police Authority Chairman Charles Perryman said: “The budget simulator was a very useful tool last year as it helped identify the real issues that matter the most to people.

“It is more important than ever that we direct resources to the areas which are most important to the people of South Yorkshire. For this reason we would like people to give us an indication of where they think we should spend our money by logging on to our budget simulator.

“We want to hear from as many people as possible – their valued contributions will help us shape future policy.”

n To create a budget visit https://youchoose.yougov.com/SYJS