David Hanson MP, Labour’s Shadow Policing Minister, responding to the release of the Police Authority Grants (England and Wales) for 2012/13, said:
“This settlement is simply not good enough. Police forces are seeing their budgets cut by a further £700 million in real terms on top of last year’s cuts, and ultimately it is communities that are paying the price.
“These cuts are heavily front-loaded, with two-thirds of the 20% cut happening in the first two years of this spending review period. Labour’s plan of 12% cuts over the course of a Parliament was considered to be deliverable by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary. The Government’s cuts go further and don’t allow for proportionate savings over a number of years. They are too far too fast.
“With 16,000 police officers being lost, police powers being cut, and ramshackle reforms leading to even more confusion, these figures confirm this Government has no ambition for policing.
“Under Labour crime fell by over 40% and this record is now under threat with the latest figures showing a worrying rise in crime.
“Police forces have no support from this Government, and no leadership or vision for the future of policing, which is why earlier this week Labour launched an Independent Policing Commission.”