South Yorkshire police on track to save £49 million

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South Yorkshire Police has been praised for its work to cut spending and plan for future budget cuts.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary found the force was on track to achieve £49.2 million of savings.

The force must save £12.9 million in 2014-15, which it will do by using some reserves, and it must save £13.5 million in 2015-16.

HMIC rated all forces in the UK.

South Yorkshire has been rated as making ‘good progress’ after being criticised last year for not doing enough to cut costs.

Roger Baker, HM Inspector of Constabulary for the Northern Region said: “South Yorkshire has plans in place to meet its savings requirement for 2014/15 and it will also meet the overall financial challenge of the spending review.

“Importantly, the force will implement new structures for delivering policing within its four districts, and this work will provide a more flexible model, which is scalable for the future.

“Of central importance to savings for 2015-16 and beyond is extending existing collaborations with other forces in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

“Work is underway to develop the detail of this.

“HMIC welcomes the force’s ambition, but there is a lot to be agreed before this becomes a reality.

“The force will need to closely monitor progress and identify back-up plans in the event of delays or other difficulties. It is important while South Yorkshire implements further changes, it keeps a strong focus on crime fighting and protecting communities from harm.”