Residents urged to have their say on funding cuts

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RESIDENTS in South Yorkshire are being urged to have their say on how they feel funding cuts to the police service will affect crime in their communities.

Barnsley Council has launched an investigation into the impact police cuts will have on crime and anti-social behaviour.

The Community Wellbeing Scrutiny panel has met with council officers and police and probation service staff but now councillors want to hear from local residents.

Chairman Coun Margaret Bruff said: “Community safety is something which continues to remain important for everyone. In light of incidents, in other parts of the country, both the police and the community safety service increasingly have an important role to play in ensuring the safety of our communities.

“Crime and safety levels could be put at risk if resources go down, which is why we need to look at new ways of working and to see what could be done to involve communities more.

“The commission now wants to hear from local groups and residents and to identify the real issues that are concerning them.”

Members want to find out about issues concerning residents now and what has worked well in communities or could be improved to help keep crime rates down when funding cuts bite.

South Yorkshire Police have to save £41 million over the next few years after the Government cut police service budgets by 20 per cent.

The police force is axing jobs to save money and looking at ways of working more efficiently to make funds stretch further.

n To have your say call Lesley Glanville on 01226 773078 or email