Northamptonshire Police could face a budget deficit of £21 million by 2018, police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds has said.
A report discussed today by the county’s police and crime panel says the anticipated financial shortfall is set to rise in each of the next four years, from £4 million in 2014-15, to £10 million in 2015-16, £17 million in 2016-17 and £21 million in 2017-18.
But Mr Simmonds said there was a “high level of confidence” that the 2014-15 budget would be balanced.
Addressing the panel on the £21 million figure, Mr Simmonds said: “It is in the realms of fantasy, potentially.
“This figure is if we do nothing. We are working very hard to make sure this is not a reality. It is a major issue but I would not say it is concerning at the moment.
“If we don’t raise the precept all the way through, and we don’t make savings, it could mean it adds up to this great big figure.
“But it doesn’t necessarily mean it is going to happen.”