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MP attacks Council's efforts to get more cops for Croydon
19/02/2010 17:41:00

I rarely disagree with Andrew Pelling but I was taken aback by something he is quoted as saying in today's Advertiser.

As regular reads of this blog will know, Croydon Council has launched a cross-party effort to lobby the Mayor of London for more cops for Croydon. We believe that the current Resource Allocation Formula that the Metropolitan Police use to allocate resources to each borough doesn't treat Croydon fairly.

I know Andrew shares this view. He was our London Assembly member when the current formula was introduced and fought hard, though unsuccessfully, to get it changed. Yet according to The Advertiser he has said that "it is extraordinary that the Council should be campaigning for extra police given that it has the discretion to provide funding for extra police".

So our MP thinks that rather than ensuring that Council Taxpayers get a fair share of the resources they are already paying for, the Council should charge them extra and plug the gap itself?

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