Proposals for reform of the police and police funding in England and Wales have been controversial with arguments over the potential impact this will have on police numbers and crime rates.

Police officer numbers in the forces in England and Wales are now at their lowest since 1987.

The existing arrangements for police funding have been criticised as being complex and lacking transparency. In July 2015, the Government issued a consultation on the reform of police funding in England and Wales. The consultation is available to view on GOV.UK: Reforming police funding arrangements in England and Wales

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