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Policing and crime prevention should be paid for by those who make the most profit from society, not those who can afford it least.

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This year, Kent's Police Commissioner has estimated that his budget needs to rise by 7.4% just to keep pace with current demands on Police time. The cost of this will fall on many who have struggled to make ends meet during the pandemic - while the really wealthy, Internet companies and Tory donors continue to avoid their responsibilities to society.

Instead of putting its money where its mouth is, successive Conservative Governments have reduced their contribution to police funding by a massive 30%. The reality is that the Tories seek to protect their wealthy donors by passing the buck to those least able to pay.

As PCC I will work with the Liberal Democrats to keep pressure on central government to increase its contributions, and ensure that if increases are necessary then they will be adding improvements to the lives of Kent's residents.

And I will continue to call for a fairer tax system that has people contributing fairly to the cost of maintaining the Police.

Funding should go where it will do the most good

Not where it will get the most publicity.

Basic policing is expensive and effective measures to cure the root causes of crime are even more expensive.

Like so much that this 'journo' government does, its initiatives are designed to grab headlines rather than tackle the day-to-day problems that most ordinary people face in society.

So I will work with my fellow Liberal Democrats across the country to redirect funding away from wasteful 'sound-bite' initiatives and towards practical measures which have been proven to work.

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I will work hard to make sure that the people of Kent

get proper value for money from the Police.

Every large organisation, including a Police Authority must be subject to scrutiny. So if elected to Kent PCC, I see my role as overseeing and auditing the Police to ensure all the residents of Kent receive good value for money. I am already on record challenging the Police Commissioner's justification for the recent increase in Council Tax for Police funding, and I will continue to fight for the people of Kent in this regard.

One key way to do this would be to abolish the PCC role, investing the money spent on elections and salaries back into the police service.

A panel of local councillors from across Kent would continue to hold the police service accountable for its work and raise local policing priorities with the Chief Constable.

Links about Police funding:

https://fullfact.org/crime/police-funding-england-and-wales/

https://www.statista.com/statistics/303963/uk-police-officer-numbers/