Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
West Midlands;
Location of affected unit(s)
Public Administration And Defence
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Provision Of Services To The Community As A Whole
84.24 - Public order and safety activities

2,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
13 June 2006
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


The Home Office wants fewer, larger forces in England and Wales to tackle serious and organised crime more effectively. Legal challenges against the proposals have been made by West Mercia and Cleveland Police Authorities and Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley and Solihull councils.

The chairman of West Mercia Police Authority claims a merged force could result in the loss of 2,000 jobs. Council tax payers in the West Midlands force area pay less towards police than those in the West Mercia, Staffordshire and Warwickshire forces. The West Mercia Police Authority's treasurer Mike Weaver said the government's promise that council taxpayers would not have to pay more for a merged force would leave a shortfall of £220m.

In a statement, the Home Office said it is working to resolve the issue of how much council tax would be given over to a merged super-force. Currently each council gives separate amounts of funding to their individual police forces and no decision has been made on exact funding levels. The three chief constables of Staffordshire, Warwickshire and West Midlands police forces also condemned West Mercia's viewpoint saying the conclusions were hypothetical and could undermine the confidence of the current workforce.


  • 13 June 2006: BBC Website


Eurofound (2006), West Mercia Police Authority, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 63634, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/63634.