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John Campion has welcomed the announcement of government funding for policing in West Mercia next year, saying it provides stability for local communities.

West Mercia will receive a total of £120.2m in central funding next year.

John Campion said: “The government has again demonstrated its commitment to keeping our communities safe. It is clear that it remains a top priority. I do still believe that West Mercia deserves a fairer share of the national pot however and will continue to work with the government to address the wider issues around the funding formula.”

“At a local level, this settlement gives stability to our communities, and the opportunity for our police force to deliver the reformed, modern 21st century service which our communities need. I will produce a budget to meet my election promises, around ensuring your money is spent as efficiently as possible before asking for any more, investing in our police force, improving community police visibility, and providing good, consistent services for victims of crime.”

“I will finalise my budget proposals in the coming weeks before consulting with our communities on them early in the new year.”