Thursday 5 September 2019 / 1:44 PM Louise Haigh

New FOI reveals the true scale of Tory cuts to police

New analysis by the Labour Party, using figures submitted by the National Police Chiefs Council to the police pay review body, released under FoI, reveal the Tories have cut direct government funding to police forces by a £3.6 billion since 2010-11 (or 33.7 percent). This is over three times more than the extra funding promised.

A leaked letter from the Home Secretary to the Mayor of London last month, also revealed that up 7,000 of the promised police officers will not be frontline officers, despite the PM pledging that they would be “on the streets”.

Responding, Louise Haigh MP, Shadow Policing Minister said:

“Boris Johnson cannot be trusted. As the true extent of the damage that nine years of a Tory government has inflicted on our police forces is exposed, it’s clear that the Tories latest announcement simply isn’t enough.”

“Over the past nine years the Tories have cut billions in funding to the police, leading to the loss of tens of thousands of police officers from our streets and soaring levels of violent crime.

“A Labour Government will put thousands of officers back on our streets and keep our communities safe.”