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WHO WILL FOOT THE BILL MR REID?

September 28, 2006 12:00 AM

Despite forcing the South Wales Police Authority to spend over £434,000 preparing for the controversial merger of the Welsh Police Force, the Labour Government has only offered to reimburse the Police Authority for a small percentage of the costs.

When Cathays Councillor Joseph Carter asked the representative of the South Wales Police Authority who was going to foot the massive bill for the abandoned merger plans, he was told that the Government would only pay for some of the costs.

County Councillor Carter was told that over £100,000 of opportunity costs would have to be met by the Police Authority. Some of the £320,000 Marginal costs would be paid for by the Home Office, but at this stage the Police Authority can not confirm what percentage will be reimbursed.

Cllr. Joseph Carter commented, "I think it's scandalous that South Wales Police Authority should be forced to pay the cost of a scheme that was forced on them by the Labour Government. Even if the Police Authority is only forced to pay the £100,000 opportunity costs, this is money that could have been spent on five new police officers or six Police Community Support Officers."

"The Labour Government should reimburse the Welsh Police Authorities for the full costs of the failed merger. This bill should fall on John Reid's Home Office, not at the expense of police in Cardiff."

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