SCOTLAND'S justice secretary has insisted that local needs will be met amid fears over cuts to policing levels in Inverclyde.

Local councillor David Wilson, chair of Inverclyde's police and fire scrutiny panel, raised his concerns with Angela Constance, cabinet secretary for justice and home affairs, in October over proposed cuts to Police Scotland's K Division, which covers Inverclyde.

Ms Constance's reply is referenced in a report drawn up for the panel's next meeting on Thursday, February 8.

The report said: "A response, dated 21 November 2023, was received from the Cabinet Secretary reiterating Police Scotland's operational independence.

"The Scottish Government assures Inverclyde Council that local needs are met through flexible resource deployment, increased funding, and the UK's best paid police force.

"For specific concerns, the council is encouraged to contact the Chief Superintendent for the area."

A copy of Ms Constance's letter is included in the report.