Just one week’s spending on addicts would fund an entire year’s worth of arbitrated police pay & conditions.
Today Mrs May will announce the long-awaited reforms to the pay and allowances of 130,000 police officers.
BBC home editor Mark Easton says she is likely to accept a compromise deal broadly agreed between police and the independent Police Arbitration Tribunal.
But he says it comes with an additional cost of more than Â£13m a year, and with the service already facing 20% cuts, the question is how the missing millions will be found. These figures are incorrect in any case, but let’s go with them for a minute.
A review of police conditions of service by lawyer Tom Winsor was expected to have been implemented last October, but negotiations stalled.
These reforms would have saved an estimated Â£70m by now.
Here, for Mark Easton, and anyone else who wants to know, is where we find the missing millions:
According to Drugscope, is a breakdown of the annual cost of ‘treating’ people addicted to illegal drugs in the UK.
- Â£380 million of Pooled Treatment Budget
- Â£205 million of local (community care) funds
- Â£110 million of Ministry of Justice Drugs Intervention Programme funding
- Â£25 million adolescent treatment funding
- Â£19 million for the National Treatment Agencyâ€™s running costs
Total cost – Â£739 million per annum.
So here we have it. Just one week’s spending on addicts who can’t be bothered to take their own health seriously would fund an entire year’s worth of arbitrated police pay & conditions. One week. I’m not even asking for the programmes to stop.
To add insult to injury, it doesn’t even work with Drug Treatment and Testing Orders ( or the new version) showing the highest – nearly 90% – re-offending within two years. So, today, we can see who the Tory values more. Junkies or Police Officers.