West Yorkshire’s police and crime commissioner has extended funding for the Leeds organisation responsible for promoting the safety of the city.
Mark Burns-Williamson said the Leeds Safety Partnership would maintain the existing level of funding for an extra six months from April next year, despite government cuts.
The partnership, which includes probation, fire service, prison service and NHS officials as well as police, currently receives nearly £1.93 million a year to reduce crime and the fear of crime.
The six-month guarantee amounts to just over £963,000 – at a time when community safety partnerships are facing 60 per cent cuts in government funding.
Mr Burns-Williamson said funding for the five community safety partnerships in West Yorkshire would be maintained until new commissioning arrangements were introduced in October next year.
He said: “An extra six months will enable me to continue working closely with partners to review the progress to date in meeting the community outcomes and put the processes in place for commissioning a range of services.”
Chairman of Safer Leeds Coun Peter Gruen said: “We’re always pleased when existing funding is extended to allow us to continue the vital work that we are doing to reduce domestic violence, address issues around substance misuse and work with young people.
“I therefore welcome this announcement for our city and the Safer Leeds Partnership.”