LETTER: Schools and police funding

It is very clear from your report in this week’s paper (November 10) that the police are seriously underfunded. Your article in the same edition about the debate in Parliament concerning the major shortfall of funding for West Sussex schools is clearly making the same point.

The decision to reduce police numbers speaks for itself and must inherently affect what the service

can offer.

If our schools are so seriously short of money, exacerbated by unfair discrimination in funding arrangements, that too is bound, with the best will in the world, to affect the quality of the service that can be provided, in this case for our children; that there is a real possibility of short time working in schools because of shortage of funding cannot benefit anyone and should be regarded as intolerable.

The significant decline in support available from social services for those in need of such support should be regarded as a disgrace in any civilised society.

Had we a government that believed in such essential services as the police, education, and care for those in need of help, then obviously it should do its proper part in ensuring that there is the essential funding to enable things that we have long hitherto taken for granted that we could afford, but sadly in Tory Britain that seems no longer to be the case.

A government that truly cares for all its citizens and exists properly to serve them should make the necessary funding available for these fundamental services now.

The local authorities too should do their proper part, and if this means raising council tax and and precepts of it such as that for the Police, or using accumulated reserves, I do not think that we have any choice but to accept that as the only sensible and civilised way forward.

John Newman

Maplehurst Road

Chichester