Tuesday 2 April 2019 / 10:50 AM Diane Abbott

Government has failed to create a clear strategy on fraud – Diane Abbott

Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, commenting on the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services report on police response to fraud, said:

“We all know someone who is a victim of fraud and how it can turn lives upside down. The government has failed to show leadership and create a clear strategy or support police forces to tackle this growing problem.

“Cuts to police numbers have also hindered their ability to investigate complex crimes such as fraud.

“We are in a situation where police are having to cherry pick between crimes, while the public is put at risk. Damaging Tory cuts are responsible for the failures of policing.”