POLICE CUTS: Gwynne speaks out against further cuts

The Police Grant Report has confirmed funding for police forces for the next financial year, 2016/17. Despite the Chancellor’s shock U-turn in the Spending Review, forces will see real term cuts in the next financial year.

The Government’s claims also rely on police forces charging local people extra to keep police on the beat – police forces are expected to raise an extra £369million in local tax to make up for Tory cuts.

In Greater Manchester, the police force has lost 1,664 police officers in the past 5 years, a reduction of 20 per cent. Police Community Support Officers are also down by 62.

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“Despite the Tories’ phony police promise, our police force in Greater Manchester is set to see further funding cuts of £8,561,668, with the Tories expecting local people to pay more to make up for it.

“This is the worst possible time to slash bobbies on the beat. In the North West, recorded crime has gone up by 7 per cent, violent crime has gone up by 29 per cent and in Greater Manchester, sexual assault has gone up by 49 per cent.

“The police are contending with some of the most difficult challenges of our generation – child sexual exploitation, terrorism, cybercrime, as well as the extreme budget cuts of the last 5 years.

“The first duty of any Government is the safety and security of our citizens. By breaking their promise to protect the police, the Tories are letting the British people down.”

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