Confidence on solution for future funding of PCSO posts
Significant progress is being made to find new ways that four extra Police Community Support Officer posts in the borough can continue.
Telford & Wrekin as part of its budget, which must make £30 million of cuts, proposes to end its £120,500 support for four PCSO posts in the borough in April 2017.
Considerable progress has been made between Telford & Wrekin Council, police and town and parish councils who could fund PCSOs after this date and the borough council is confident that agreements can soon be reached and that these four posts can continue.
There are 49 PCSOs posts in Telford and Wrekin, four are currently funded by Telford & Wrekin Council while 45 are funded directly by police. The four council funded posts work boroughwide and there has been interest from a number of Parish and Town Councils to fund dedicated PCSOs with parking enforcement powers.
The proposed cut in Telford & Wrekin’s funding for its four PCSOs is not due to come into effect until April 2017, allowing time for the Council to discuss with partners possible different way these posts could be funded after next April.
Telford & Wrekin is also making some one off funding available to help organisations taking on services that Telford & Wrekin has provided.
Cllr Shaun Davies, cabinet member for Neighbourhood Services, said: "I am very confident given the willingness to work together that we will find new ways of funding these four additional PCSOs posts.
"We’ve already made considerable progress in identifying partners who can fund PCSOs and we are very hopeful that agreements to come forward, as quickly as possible and protect the four PCSOs currently funded by the Council.
"People recognise that they provide a valuable service to the community and that there is a strong desire to see this continue in some form from April 2017 when Telford and Wrekin Council due to cuts in Government grant can no longer continue to fund these."