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Issue:- 1 November  2012

Candidates declared for Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Election

THE candidates for Lancashire's first Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections have now been formally declared.   The election will take place on 15 November 2012. The PCC will replace the current Lancashire Police Authority (LPA). For more information about the role, go to:-  Nominations closed on 19 October 2012. Lancashire has 4 candidates in the running for the new position. The successful candidate, upon election, will be declared on 16 November 2012.

The candidates for Lancashire are:-
Logo Name of candidate Party
Afzal Anwar Liberal Democrats
Tim Ashton Conservative
Robert Drobny UK Independence Party
Clive Grunshaw Labour
Candidates are still able to withdraw.

For more information about the candidates go to:-

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Alternatively, a dedicated phone line has been set up where voters can request printed information for free:- 0800 107 0708

For more information about the work of LPA in the run-up to the election go to:- or follow us on Twitter:- @LancsPCC.

Lancashire Police Authority Chief Executive Miranda Carruthers-Watt, said:- "We are just a few weeks from the election but there is still time to register to vote and ensure you have a say on who becomes Lancashire's very first PCC. There's lots of information available about this election and about the candidates. Voters can visit the dedicated websites or can call to receive information in the post. As well as the LPA's campaign, there's lots of work going on behind the scenes to ensure all staff are prepared for this change and we're working closely with Lancashire Constabulary and our criminal justice and community safety partners to ensure the transition is a smooth one."


MERSEYSIDE Police have recorded far fewer reports of anti-social behaviour and vandalism on Halloween tonight compared to the previous night.  By 9pm, the force had only been called to around 130 incidents compared to more than 600 at the same stage of Tuesday evening.  The week between 30 October and 5 November, is traditionally one of the busiest of the year for Merseyside's emergency services but last night incidents fell by 5% compared to the previous year.  And the number of reports of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage this Halloween fell by 15% compared to 31 October 2011, from 252 incidents to 213 incidents.  Commander for the policing operation, Superintendent Rowley Moore, said parents and young people had heeded advice about how to enjoy the night safely and responsibly.  He said:- "Tonight has been much quieter than last night, which in itself was down on previous years, so that is positive news for our communities. Parents have clearly listened to our advice to make sure they know what their children are doing for Halloween and the young people themselves have taken advantage of all the things put on for them. We have seen far fewer instances of groups of young people out of the street after dark getting involved in anti-social behaviour and the high numbers of officers we have had on duty has meant people have felt reassured and got a swift response when it was needed. A great deal of planning and effort has gone into what is a multi-agency operation running throughout Merseyside this week and we will continue to work hard to prepare for the next busy period around Bonfire Night."  There were 21 arrests made between 2pm and 11pm compared to 24 in in last year's 31 October Operation.

  Spending watchdog praises Liverpool

THE Government's spending watchdog has given a clean bill of health to the way in which Liverpool City Council uses its money.   In his Annual Audit Letter for 2011/12, District Auditor Michael Thomas has concluded that the local authority has "made proper arrangements to secure economy, efficiency and effectiveness" in the use of its resources.  The Council's approach to financial risk is described as "robust", and the Medium Term Financial Plan; which looks at current and future spending, is "effective".  There is also praise for:- "Strong leadership" in considering budget options and prioritising resources. The strengthening of corporate management arrangements, including procurement and risk management. The Partnership Framework for Liverpool Direct Limited (the Council's ICT joint venture with BT); which is described as "working well" with a "good working relationship" between the client and the contractor.  Deputy Mayor and Cabinet member for Finance, Councillor Paul Brant, said:- "It is pleasing to note that we have been given a clean bill of health by the District Auditor.  Over the last 2 years we have had £141 million of cuts imposed on us by central Government. It has been a particularly challenging time as we get 80% of our funding from Whitehall, with only a relatively small proportion of our income generated through Council tax. It is reassuring to be told by the Audit Commission that we are making spending decisions in a way which delivers value for money and is aligned to our priorities. However no community or household is likely to remain unaffected in the following years. There are further tough decisions ahead, but we have pledged to make the cuts as fairly as fairly as we possibly can and shield services for the most vulnerable from the worst of the spending reductions."  The letter also states that arrangements for monitoring key service contracts are "generally satisfactory", but that there is scope for greater consistency. It notes that the Mayoral Select Committee plans to review Performance Management Arrangements for key service partnerships over the coming months.

PCC elections - Merseyside

ON 15 November 2012, Merseyside will join the other 40 Police areas, within England (excluding London) and Wales to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). Once elected a PCCs will be responsible for setting priorities for their police force, overseeing its budget and hiring the chief constable.

The candidates for Merseyside are:-
Logo Name of candidate Party
Geoffrey Gubb Conservative
Hilary Jones UK Independence Party
Paula Keaveney Liberal Democrats
Jane Kennedy Labour
  Kiron Reid Independent

Paul Rimmer English Democrats
Candidates are still able to withdraw.

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