Police and Crime Commissioner News brief 17th September 2012
Nationwide Campaign To Spread The Word About Police Commissioner Elections
The Electoral Commission is set to spend up to £3.6 million, including £1.5 million on distributing a booklet about police and crime commissioners to 21 million households in England and Wales, from the middle of October to polling day on November 15. After recent predictions have warned of possible low turnouts, the Commission, in its determination to curb such scepticism, has promised to step up its efforts to inform the public. The campaign will be in addition to the £3 million Home Office advertising drive on television, radio and in the press. Yet the Commission has emphasised that it is now the responsibility of the candidates 'to give people a reason to vote'.
"With any new role information is critical and I'm pleased that the Commission is doing its bit to spread the word on the elections. Already on the doorstep it's clear that the people of Lincolnshire have very strong opinions on policing and I believe interest will only increase as the weeks go on."
Police Pensions – Mixed Responses
The final framework for the reform of the police pensions in England and Wales has received a mixed response from police associations. The plan put forward by Theresa May in early September will affect police pensions by moving from the final salary scheme to a career average re-valued earnings basis. While the Police Federation describes the proposal as "the best deal possible" - accepting their part in the government's wider public service pension reform agenda – the Police Superintendents Association of England and Wales have warned of their intention to take part in industrial action to protest against the changes. Chief Superintendent Derek Barnett, president of the Association, maintained that they were not satisfied with Theresa May's offer, on top of the cuts to police forces and pay freezes. He claims that the police service has endured a disproportionate burden of the cuts to public spending, which suggests that the government does not appreciate the dangerous and costly nature of their occupation.
Plans For G4S Police Station In Lincolnshire Put On Hold
A contentious proposal to build a new police station at the site of the Lincolnshire Police Headquarters outside Nettleham has been put on hold. The decision as to whether or not the proposed plans will go ahead remains dependent on the will of the prospective Lincolnshire Police Commissioner, due to be elected in November. Although Sue Turnbull, a member of Save Our Local Village Environment (Solve), proclaimed to the BBC 'that common sense has prevailed', the decision has not yet been made and the proposals could still come into being.
However, I have recently reinforced my views on the matter in an interview with BBC Radio Lincolnshire, arguing that such facilities should not be in an area of isolation "my gut feeling that Nettleham is not the right place."
Big Conversation Events
Meet: The Leader of Lincolnshire County Council, Key decision makers and Your local Councillors.Also present will be the Conservative candidate for Police Commissioner, Richard Davies.Come and tell us what you think! – at one of our Road Shows.
East Lindsey - Royal Arthur Centre, Ingoldmells - Monday 17th Sept. 2012 at 7pm.
East Lindsey - Horncastle College, Horncastle - Tuesday 18th Sept. 2012 at 7pm.
Lincoln City - Drill Hall, Lincoln - Wednesday 19th Sept. 2012 at 7pm.
South Kesteven - Grantham Museum, Grantham - Tuesday 25th Sept. 2012 at 7pm.
Boston Borough - White Hart Hotel, Boston - Wednesday 26th Sept. 2012 at 7pm.
South Holland - South Holland Centre, Spalding - Thursday 27th Sept. 2012 at 7pm.
Coffee, teas, cake & biscuits available from 6.30pm prior to 7pm start.Informal chat with Your County Councillors afterwards from approx. 8.30pm.
Putting The People of Lincolnshire First
Concerns have rightly been raised about whether a party political candidate can truly represent the people of Lincolnshire. My answer is simply yes.I was born in Lincolnshire and hope to be elected by the people of Lincolnshire to make policing in our county the best it can be. I am a Conservative but there is no confusion in my mind about where my loyalties lie - here in Lincolnshire, to the people of Lincolnshire.
Do you have concerns or opinions about policing in Lincolnshire? Contact me on 01400 251 533 or 07776 253 374 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Conservative Candidate for Lincolnshire Police & Crime Commissioner
t. 07776 253 374