The Government have repeatedly insisted they have protected police budgets since 2015 but new research shows that Greater Manchester Police has lost 2,072 officers since 2010 and over £4m during 2016 and 2017. The continuation of these real-terms funding cuts will detrimentally impact the police following the budget.
The Chancellor found no new Government funding for the police, despite warnings from senior officers that the current budget settlement risks forces losing a further 6,000 officers as crime rockets.
This budget will detrimentally impact the police and risks cutting the frontline even further. People in Oldham will be rightly shocked that the Government have prescribed further cuts for our local police force and refused to give them the resources for the neighbourhood policing they need to fight crime and anti-social behaviour.
This budget proves the government cannot be trusted to keep our communities safe.
Thanks to years of Conservative cuts, police numbers are at historic lows, at a time when recorded crime is rising. You can’t protect the public on the cheap.
This is the grim legacy of seven years of Tory austerity. Dedicated police officers, who must feel over-whelmed, are fighting hard to keep the public safe with the fewest officers per head on record. Labour will recruit another 10,000 new police officers to help keep us safe.