Scotland’s Police and Prison staffing at MUCH higher level than in England

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Thanks to a parliamentary question last Wednesday, we can see that police staffing is more than 50% higher than in England & Wales. Prison staffing is nearly 18% higher.


Some, of course, will say this is Scotland being subsidised by the UK when it is really the effect of different policies. England & Wales would be better staffed if Tory decision-makers valued their constituents more than the affluent few, like their backers and themselves.

The consequences of these differences may be seen in the evidence presented in earlier reports here:

Police Scotland more than fifteen times better at clearing up robberies than English forces!

As knife and gun crime rockets across England and Wales and falls in Scotland, Scotland has far more police officers per head of population

Why are prison officers staying in post in Scotland as they flee the tide of violence and self-harm in England and Wales?

Suicide rate in Scottish prisons lower than in much of Europe



7 thoughts on “Scotland’s Police and Prison staffing at MUCH higher level than in England

  1. Alasdair Macdonald April 5, 2019 / 10:13 am

    Police Scotland has, along with ScotRail, NHS, and Schools , been one of the principal foci of attack by the BBC Scotland Bad News and Recurrent Mendacious Affairs department.

    They will argue that we need such high numbers because of our inherent, congenital predisposition towards violence. Witness the violence after the recent Old Firm match, attended by 60 000 people, almost all of whom behaved correctly. Sure they would have made a bit of noise and bellowed some ‘sweary words’ during the match, but, on the way home conducted themselves law abidingly.

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    • johnrobertson834 April 5, 2019 / 10:57 am

      BBC Scotland Bad News and Recurrent Mendacious Affairs department – accurate if less than memorable. Can you acronymise (?) this?

      Also, foci, I like it, well, them. Can we start a campaign for fora and referenda and a complete ban on withdrawRals?


  2. Gerry Robertson April 5, 2019 / 10:51 am

    John many of your exposes feature regularly on FM’s Q’s and the responses given by our FM often are less robust and get the feeling she is not benefitting form all your hardwork. If not already you might want to send a link to your website so she is fully conversant with the facts in future.

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  3. Ludo Thierry April 5, 2019 / 11:36 am

    Hi John – noticed this article on the beeb Wales pages and couldn’t help feeling that Wales is about to seriously experience some of that ‘love bombing’ that Scotland has been enjoying since the Indyref – all that Better Together stuff – “pooling and sharing” and such-like: Link and snippets below:

    An English hospital has said it will no longer take in patients from Wales except emergencies and maternity cases.

    The Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust decision will impact on thousands of people in Flintshire who currently use it, with immediate effect.

    The decision follows a row over payments to the hospital for caring for patients from Wales.

    A Welsh Government spokesman said limiting access to Wales’ patients on financial grounds was “not acceptable”.

    GPs in Wales will no longer be able to refer patients for treatment over the border at the hospital.

    A Welsh Government spokesperson, said it was not a decision they had taken themselves. “In the context of ongoing engagement, any actions taken by

    English providers to limit access for Welsh patients on financial grounds are unacceptable and not in the spirit of reaching a cross-border agreement with

    English NHS representatives.”

    I wonder whether the construction of the Countess of Chester Hospital was financed exclusively with tax revenues derived from England based taxpayers? Somehow I doubt that very much. Are brexit-type plans now being expanded to cover ‘internal’ borders also? I think we should be told.


    • Contrary April 5, 2019 / 8:11 pm

      What?! That’s outrageous! They can’t do that can they? England really does want to be alone doesn’t it?


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