Tony is AGAINST hunting with dogs
Tony is AGAINST hunting with dogs

Dear Concerned Hampshire Residents,

Re:   Hunting with Dog’s.

Thank you for getting in touch with me regarding hunting with dogs.  I am personally against hunting with dogs and hope that it remains illegal.  Anyone breaking the law including, anti-hunting laws, should be liable to prosecution, subject to support from the CPS.  I do understand and accept the very real concerns many people have that hunting is continuing and that the law is being broken.  If it is I would like to see the perpetrators brought to justice.
I would like to be able to promise that more resources could be devoted to this – as well as ALL other areas of ongoing crime.  Sadly, this is not something I can realistically do in the current climate given the significant defunding of our police by this government over the last 10 years.

On top of the 20-30%% cuts to police services nationally, along with even worse cuts to related services to other parts of the criminal justice system, cuts to mental health, youth work, and substance misuse have impacted significantly on police demand.  Also, the Hampshire and IOW Police Service is the worst funded in the country due to the government’s operation of the police funding formula.  The Chief Constable puts this additional deficit at £43.6m a year.  The equivalent of 1600 staff.  No wonder she admits that Hampshire now only guarantees a priority response to crimes of high harm and that residents feel that most crimes are not responded to, leading to a significant under reporting of crime from all communities.  Add to that, that existing budgets have no uplift for this year, not even for inflation, then more cuts and/or council tax increases have been necessary to balance the books.  Yes, there are new officers coming but not with all the funds they require and this allocation is based not on need but on the formula that already punishes us locally.

My number one priority if elected would be to pursue a fair funding settlement for our police from government.   If that is successful then it is possible to prioritise more things.
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Yours sincerely

Tony Bunday
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