McArthur: SNP need to plug black hole in police budget

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesman Liam McArthur MSP today warned that police budgets are being squeezed until the pips squeak as new figures revealed Police Scotland expects to overspend its day-to-day policing budget by more than £21m this year.

Papers submitted by Police Scotland to the SPA Finance and Investment Committee for its meeting this morning projected an overspend in the revenue budget of £21.2 million.

Commenting on the figures, the Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson, Liam McArthur MSP said:

“These papers suggest that officers and staff could soon be in the firing line unless the Scottish Government admits its savings targets are impossible.

“Barely a day goes by without reports of the harm caused by the SNP’s centralisation of the police, from officers paying for cleaning products out of their own pocket to the loss of valuable services such as local control rooms. The national force is being squeezed until the pips squeak.

“Last year the national force overspent its day-to-day budget by £18m. This year we are expecting £21m. The pressure is increasing.

“It is time for SNP ministers to plug the black hole in the police’s budget before officers, staff and communities pay an even heavier price for their disastrous reforms.”

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