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LIB DEMS REVEAL EXTENT OF TORY POLICE CUTS

July 19, 2019 12:00 PM

Government has cut funding to police forces, including Suffolk by 6%

Lib Dem HQ analysis this week, broken down by police force, on Home Office stats' reveal the Government has cut funding to police forces by 6% in real terms between 2015-16 and 2019-20.: Police Funding graphic

Liberal Democrat analysis of new Home Office figures, published this week, has revealed that the Conservative Government cut funding to Suffolk Police Force by 6% in real terms between 2015-16 and 2019-20.

According to Liberal Democrat analysis, total government funding to all 43 forces (in 2019-20 prices) fell from £8.48 billion in 2015-16 to £7.99 billion in 2019-20. 32 of the 43 forces across the country experienced cuts of 6% or more.

In Suffolk the Constabulary received £70.7m for 2015/16 and £72m in 2018/9 in cash terms. This represents a real terms cut of 6% from 2015/16 at 2019/20 prices

Ed DaveyLiberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Ed Davey said:

"Across the country, we are seeing rising crime and falling police. Far too many people now feel unsafe walking down their own streets.

"Taking 5,000 police off our streets in the last four years and cutting funding in real-terms by £490 million from 2015-16 to 2019-20 are big Tory crimes."

Liberal Democrat spokesperson for East Suffolk Gary Kitching added

"Inflicting 6% cuts on our local police force over the last four years, given concerns about knife crime, shows just how out of touch the Tories are.

"The Liberal Democrats demand better. We will give police forces the resources they need to recruit more officers and restore community policing, so that we can make our streets safer and make people feel safer too."

Home Office statistical bulletin Police funding for England and Wales 2015 to 2020, published today and available here

The 2015-16 figures have been converted to 2019-20 prices using HM Treasury's latest GDP deflators, available here.

The calculations of real-terms cuts for each police force are available here.

Source:POLICE CUTS LGA Lib Dems - July 17, 2019

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