McArthur: SNP’s centralised police force failing to meet objectives

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today criticised the SNP Government after it was revealed more promised savings and improvements from the creation of a single police force have not materialised.

At this morning’s Public Audit Committee it was revealed that Police Scotland are still running “17 or 18” different payroll systems and that no major areas have been consolidated. They have also failed to appoint a Chief Financial Officer, instead relying on a secondment from PWC at a cost of almost £1,000 per day.

Mr McArthur said:

“Scottish Liberal Democrats warned that the SNP’s centralisation agenda would be bad for communities and bad for policing. Four years down the line with Police Scotland and these warnings have been borne by a litany of failures.

“There is little sign of the cost-saving back office consolidations that ministers offered as the justification for their misguided power grab. Money that was meant to be used for such reforms is being used to plug the VAT hole the SNP created.

“It is time to roll back the top-down culture that has distorted our police service and ensure that officers have the resources they need.”

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