Mayor to look again at PCSOs
BRISTOL mayor George Ferguson is to take another look at his proposal to axe funding for 32 PCSOs after meeting with Avon and Somerset's police and crime commissioner.
The mayor and Sue Mountstevens met yesterday to talk about their respective budgets and the savings they need to make.
On Monday The Post revealed that Mr Ferguson intended to cut funding for 32 PCSOs who are currently funded by the city council, to save £540,000 as he tries to cut the budget.
In a joint statement Mr Ferguson and Ms Mountstevens said: "We spoke frankly and without pulling punches, but also each listened respectfully and openly to each other with a genuine spirit of cooperation. As a result, we have agreed that the Mayor will go back and reflect further on the matter, before publishing his final budget plans."
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Mr Ferguson said Ms Mountstevens had "made a strong case" for continuing funding for the PCSOs, which supplement 80 paid for by the police. But he added that the council's spending on PCSOs was "completely out of kilter with other regional capital cities, with Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham, and Birmingham City Councils not funding any, and Sheffield currently funding just ten".