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Repercussions of the Coalition Government’s Austerity Policy on Community Safety across Merseyside

Ojo, A, Evans, R and Karecha, J (2017) Repercussions of the Coalition Government’s Austerity Policy on Community Safety across Merseyside. Policing. ISSN 1752-4512

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Policing following peer review. The version of record Adegbola Ojo, Richard Evans, Jay Karecha; Repercussions of the Coalition Governments Austerity Policy on Community Safety across Merseyside, Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/police/pax093
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1602 Criminology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: Humanities and Social Science
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2018 12:09
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2018 04:30
DOI or Identification number: 10.1093/police/pax093
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9793

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