STAFFORDSHIRE Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis has announced that further funding is to be made available to improve community safety in Burton.
The current county-wide budget for the Locality Deal Fund during the period 2014-15 stands at £2.5 million, of which £101,581 has been granted to East Staffordshire Borough Council’s Community Safety Partnership. It is the largest part of Mr Ellis’ community funding.
Eighty per cent of the sum will be provided initially, with the remainder to be paid out in October subject to the successful evaluation of local achievements.
The partnership are free to use the money in any way they wish, providing that the outcome covers the four areas of the Commissioner’s ‘Safer, Fairer, United Communities Strategy’ - aiming to tackle the root causes of crime through early intervention, support the victims and witnesses better, reduce reoffending and also increase public confidence.
Mr Ellis hopes that the budget will allow the best community safety solutions to be provided to people throughout the town and borough. He said: “It’s time to trust local areas to deliver what’s right for local people. That’s what I’ve committed to do and that’s what I’m doing.
“I have significantly increased the funding that East Staffordshire and other local areas have to make their communities safer.”
He added: “What’s more, this funding is guaranteed until 2016 rather than on a 12-month basis which gives a greater chance for continuity instead of having to plan ‘exit strategies’ at the outset.”
A spokesperson for East Staffordshire Borough Council said: “This is a new opportunity for the communities of East Staffordshire to access funds from the Police and Crime Commissioner to improve community safety in their neighbourhoods.”