James with GM Deputy Mayor for Policing Bev Hughes and GMP Bury Superintendent Paul Walker
James with GM Deputy Mayor for Policing Bev Hughes and GMP Bury Superintendent Paul Walker

The independent National Audit Office found Central Government funding to local police forces has been cut by £2.7 billion in real terms since 2010.

Figures for this year show that police numbers are at the lowest levels in three decades. Since 2010 over 21,000 police officers have been lost, over 16,000 police staff and over 6,000 community support officers have been axed despite repeated promises to protect the frontline.

In Greater Manchester, we’ve lost almost 2,000 police officers and nearly 200 PCSOs since 2010, almost one quarter of the entire force.

Police recorded violent crime is now at the highest on record; knife offences are at the highest level since records began; arrests have halved in a decade; unsolved crimes stand at 2 million.

Greater Manchester has seen violent crime rise by 195% since 2010.

Central Government claims to be providing more funding to the police this year, but police pension liabilities are higher than the small amount of additional funding being provided, meaning we’re in the ninth consecutive year of Tory cuts to our police.

Council tax increases

The Tories plan to double the council tax precept flexibility from £12 per household to £24, passing the burden for funding our police on to hard-pressed local taxpayers. This will hit areas like Greater Manchester with a low council tax base hardest meaning that those areas like ours which have lost the most through the cut in the central government grant, will receive the least.

Greater Manchester Police has had over £153 million slashed from its budget since 2010. Increasing the council tax precept to the maximum amount for 2019/20 would recover less than 12% of the funding lost in the last nine years.

Greater Manchester’s Labour Mayor and local authorities have committed to use the increased precept funding to recruit an additional 320 police officers.

LABOUR’S PLAN

Labour has a plan to make Britain safer. Labour will recruit 10,000 more police officers, 1,000 more security and intelligence staff and 500 more border guards.

  • We will increase staffing levels and resources for the security and intelligence agencies – GCHQ, SIS and MI5 – to counter the growing and unprecedented terror threat.
  • Our pledge on neighborhood policing will reverse the “crisis” and put officers back in the communities where they can work with communities and collect voluntary intelligence which helps in the fight against terror.
  • We will also legislate to ensure safe staffing levels in the ambulance service and the NHS and properly fund social care easing pressure on the police as the “service of last resort”.
  • With long-term absence and voluntary resignations at record highs and a recruitment crisis for detectives, we will ease the burden on our over-stretched officers and end the pay cap and give police officers the consolidated pay-rise they deserve.
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