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Coalition Proceeds With Police Funding Cut

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Labour representatives in Bristol have condemned the Government’s proposals to cut police funding this year.  The cuts will see Avon and Somerset Constabulary lose out on £2,566,444 of funding previously promised by Labour.  


Despite protests when the headline cuts were announced on 27 May, the Government has proceeded with the formal process of laying the 2010/11 Amending Report before Parliament.  The cuts that have been proposed do not take account of policing need but are simply an across the board reduction in the budget equivalent to a one and a half per cent reduction in funding that had already been agreed.    


Commenting, Labour MP for Bristol South Dawn Primarolo, said:


“Any reduction in public spending at this stage put the recovery at risk.  Cutting police funding simply defies belief.  It is extraordinary that forces are being asked to make these savings this year, and I am extremely worried about the effects this will have on our local police.  Today’s statement shows that the Government intend to press ahead with these cuts, despite the concerns that have been expressed by the Police Authority.  I will be writing to the Home Secretary to ask her to shelf these crazy plans.”


Leader of the Labour Group on Bristol City Council Helen Holland added:


“These cuts are a disaster for Bristol.  During the election, the Lib Dems were telling everyone that they wanted to increase police numbers.  Bristolians will be astonished that, instead of getting more police on the streets, the Lib Dems and Tories have slashed the policing budget at the earliest opportunity.”

 

Posted: 10 June 2010

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