19 Mar COVID19: PCC supports local organisations
I have been very impressed to see how communities are beginning to support each other during these unprecedented times. Making sure our service providers are paid on time is another way I think the police can play its part.
That’s why I have asked the Constabulary to be sure to pay its suppliers promptly – and in my role as vice chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, I am calling-on other PCCs to do the same.
I have raised it with the APCC and they will be writing to all our members, stressing the importance of supporting their local businesses who may be struggling due to the economic effects of Corona Virus.
I understand that many small businesses in particular will be facing problems over their cash flow so I am pleased that the Constabulary has been able to assure me that all verified invoices will be paid on receipt, irrespective of previously agreed terms. I hope this will be one less worry for those who provide services to the police.
I also promise to carry on supporting the many other local organisations who have made such an important contribution to my police and crime plan.
The voluntary and community sector is something we have always championed in the OPCC. They are our best partners and this is a particularly testing time for them, many of whom we have important links with through the Commissioner’s Fund.
My office is committed to doing all it can, not only to support them through this difficult period but also when we come out the other end whenever that is.