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SNP failing to deal with key issues over police centralisation

February 22, 2012 4:10 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting, as Chief Constable Kevin Smith warns that police staff may bear the brunt of a potential £22 million annual VAT bill through the creation of the new Scottish national police force, Scottish Liberal Democrat Justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said:

Alison McInnes MSPAlison McInnes MSP"This is yet another example of an important issue relating to the reorganisation of the police force that the Justice Secretary is failing to deal with.

"I would have thought the Scottish Government would have tried to iron some of these crucial matters before they set the date for the new force to begin operations.

"These proposals represent the biggest shake up of Scotland's policing for a generation and many questions still remain, not least on how staff will be affected.

"The Justice Secretary needs to reassure us that he is dealing with these vital issues."