The Tory Government has broken its pledge to protect police funding
31 Jan 2018Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, speaking in response to the publication of the Police grant report, said: “The Tory Government has broken its pledge to protect police funding. There is no extra cash at all, and with inflation this means there is a cut in real terms.
“It is an extraordinary decision in light of the recent rising crime statistics and widespread reports from Chief Constables that they are forced to downgrade certain crimes because they are so over-stretched. The attempt to focus on police reserves is a red herring. No-one can rely on reserves to fund day-to-day expenditure for long.
“The Tories have slashed police numbers and underfunded forces. Labour in government will increase police numbers and give forces the resources they need.”