Funds search to save jobs

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MORE than half of the council-funded Police Community Support Officers due to be axed through budget cutbacks could have their jobs reprieved.

South Yorkshire Police said that 10 PCSOs funded by one council grant, through the city’s Community Safety Partnership, have already lost their jobs - but another grant from Sheffield Council which pays the wages of 15 more is not due to run out until October.

The cuts were made as part of the council’s plan to save £84 million from its budget during 2011/12.

The force is looking to find alternative funding so the roles can be saved.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “We had 143 PCSOs in Sheffield, mostly funded through our own budgets. The total has reduced to 132 after council funding which paid for 10 officers ended and one more person left through natural wastage.

“Last month, the council gave six months’ notice that funding for 15 more PCSOs would cease. We are looking at alternative sources of funding so we can retain those posts.”