Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Wales; East Wales; Flintshire and Wrexham
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

120 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
30 October 2006
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
1 March 2007


North Wales Police has announced that it will cut 120 jobs by March, blaming a reduction in funding combined with a possible cap on council tax rises.

Chief constable Richard Brunstrom said the UK government had put 'police finance into a really dreadful mess'. Force finance director Tom O'Donnell said it was 'desperate' not to reduce front-line policing, and savings were being examined among support staff. The Home Office said it would discuss any financial concerns with the force.

The news follows expected cuts of 3 million GBP next year, on top of 2 million GBP this year. Ian Roberts, chair of North Wales Police Authority, said any initial cuts of support staff could have an impact on neighbourhood policing.

He said: 'The first ones are the backroom staff. It shouldn't be them, they are the people who are doing a lot of the work inside to make sure that we have got people on the ground.'

'If we take them from inside we have to fill those sort of jobs and they will come from outside and will have to come from neighbourhood policing.'

Politicians in north Wales blamed the UK government for the job losses.

Hywel Williams, Plaid Cymru MP for Caernarfon, said: 'I am outraged that the Home Office doesn't go further to help police forces pay the huge bills incurred in the police merger plans.'

'It was the Government's idea to create these 'super forces' while the existing forces and independent bodies were against it all along.'


  • 30 October 2006: BBC News


Eurofound (2006), North Wales Police, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 64365, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/64365.