Cash to be spent wisely, says Sir Clive
Police and crime commissioner Sir Clive Loader has repeated his intention to ensure public money under his control is spent "wisely".
Sir Clive yesterday responded to criticism of his handling of a £1.6 million Central Government grant for crime-fighting projects across the county.
The money was previously paid directly to the county council, which used it to fund projects, but now it goes to the commissioner, who decides how it is spent.
Sir Clive has given half of the money to the council and asked it to provide evidence the projects it pays for are good value for money and produce results, before he decides whether to hand over the rest of it.
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Most of the money is pooled with other funding bodies, including the NHS and the Probation Service, to pay for services such as drug and alcohol treatment and the management in the community of offenders.
The county council claims the decision was taken without sufficient consultation and has led to uncertainty about the future of some of those services.
Sir Clive told a meeting of the police and crime panel – the group of councillors which scrutinises his decision-making – yesterday that he intended to press ahead with the plan. Also at yesterday's meeting at County Hall, Glenfield, Sir Clive talked through a draft version of his plan for policing for the next four years.
He has also confirmed he intends to freeze council tax payers' contribution to policing at current levels for the next two years.
Members of the public can comment on the draft plan by visiting: