Wednesday 22 January 2020 / 4:37 PM Louise Haigh / Policing

Louise Haigh comments on the police financial settlement

Louise Haigh MP, Labour’s Shadow Policing Minister, commenting on the police financial settlement, said:

“On current plans many forces will still be left with fewer officers than in 2010, despite a growing population. Even with extra cash, the damage of the last decade will not be reversed.

“The settlement also appears to contain a staggering £264m pensions shortfall which will undermine efforts to cover costs. If the Spending Review fails to meet the £417m pensions deficit in full, forces will struggle to meet the government’s claimed recruitment goals.

“Labour has also warned that increasing the precept is a fundamentally unfair way of raising funding for the police that will leave those forces currently struggling the most even further behind.”