Nottingham will see the economic situation worsen with cuts to two public services. Nottinghamshire Police force and Nottingham City Council both face job loses and spending cuts.
Nottinghamshire police has announced it will be doing a recruitment freeze. In a plan to cope with budget cuts, over the next 12 months when officers leave the force they will not be replaced. Paddy Tipping, the police and crime commissioner, has predicted there will be 70 fewer officers in the force next year. Nottinghamshire police is trying to cope with millions being wiped from its annual spending. From April, the force’s total budget for 2015-16 will be £188.2 million. This is in comparison to £193.8 million for the current year.
Not replacing officers who leave it just one plan to help the force cope with budget cuts. Paddy Tipping has also confirmed that Central Police Station is set to close in the next 12 months. Staff will move over to a new base at Byron House, on Maid Marian Way. Further spending cuts continue as Nottingham City Council has announced job losses to balance the final £5.3m of savings needed to balance its 2015-2016 budget. The government funding for the authority has shrunk by £72m since 2010. The council has made £123m savings in its budgets over the past four years. The council must reduce its budget by £27.1m overall for the next year.
The City Council has made assurances that in making certain cuts they are protecting other services such as children’s centres and weekly bin collections.