MP agrees with Chancellor’s ‘rescue to recovery’ claim

Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills.
Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills.

Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills has given his backing to cost-cutting measures outlined in George Osbourne’s Spending Review.

The Conservative believes the Chancellor was right to say that Britain is moving ‘out of intensive care – from rescue to recovery’ through the Coalition – despite the review containing stringent cuts to the Civil Service and welfare system.

He said: “Wednesday’s spending round sets out the latest action to secure that recovery.

“Conservatives will continue to cut the deficit and prioritise spending on things like roads and rail to deliver a stronger economy and to equip Britain to win in the global race.

“By protecting spending on schools and health, capping welfare and cutting waste in Whitehall, it delivers for the hardworking people of Amber Valley.”

However the review has been less popular with Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner - and News columnist – Alan Charles.

He said he was ‘disappointed’ at the further spending cuts in policing announced.

He said: “Chancellor George Osborne’s Spending Review Statement for 2015-16 includes a drop in funding for policing across the UK of “less than 6 cent.” On the whole, the Home Office’s funding is being cut by 6 per cent .

“We don’t know yet just how much Derbyshire Constabulary will be affected, and we are still waiting for details of the grant settlement for 2014/15,” the Commissioner said.

“I am confident that police officers and staff across Derbyshire will continue to work as hard as they can to maintain the fall in crime wherever possible, but this will be extremely difficult with these Government cuts. We will, however, be supported in doing this by the prudent savings made in the past year.”

Mr Charles, while welcoming the Chancellor’s decision to protect funding for counter-terrorism, cautioned that the Chancellor and Home Secretary need to be aware that fundamental counter-terrorism work is carried out by officers at ground level in police force areas across the country. “The cuts to the Derbyshire policing budget are not helping us in this essential work,” he said.