Repercussions of the coalition governments austerity policy on community safety across Merseyside

Ojo, Adegbola, Evans, Richard and Karecha, Jay (2017) Repercussions of the coalition governments austerity policy on community safety across Merseyside. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice . ISSN 1752-4512

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This article explains the depth and breadth of financial cuts endured by community safety organizations across Merseyside. The article provides a robust explanation of how cuts to funding impacted on the delivery of public safety priorities under the coalition government (2010–15). This study implemented a mixed-methods approach which entailed in-depth consultations with the major community safety stakeholders within the region. Results reveal that over the course of the immediate past parliament, Merseyside Local Authorities within the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) and the police force area had to restructure staffing and service provision extensively in order to deliver efficiency savings of over £650 m. Budget cuts have had severe repercussions not just in terms of stakeholder’s capability to provide key services but also for the morale of their staff. We project a further 33% cutback in funding over the course of the current parliament though subsequent more favourable Government announcements suggest a more modest figure of up to 15%. This undoubtedly will result in the further streamlining of public services with potentially serious ramifications for levels of public safety.

Keywords:Austerity, Coalition government, Evidence-based practice and policy, Impact evaluation, Community safety
Subjects:L Social studies > L100 Economics
L Social studies > L435 Security Policy
L Social studies > L150 Political Economics
L Social studies > L113 Economic Policy
Divisions:College of Science > School of Geography
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Deposited On:18 Feb 2018 19:29

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