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Lib Dems reveal extent of ‘criminal’ Tory police cuts

July 22, 2019 1:37 PM
Originally published by Woking Liberal Democrats

Lib Dems reveal extent of 'criminal' Tory police cuts
Police officer
Lib Dem analysis of new Home Office figures, published this week, has revealed that the Conservative Government cut funding to Surrey Police by 5.8% in real terms between the year 2015-16 and 2019-20.

According to Lib Dem 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.

Lib Dem 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."

One of Surrey's Lib Dem Councillors, Will Forster added:

"Inflicting almost 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. As a Councillor, I am regularly contacted by residents with concerns about anti-social behaviour, drugs and speeding, yet there are just not enough Police Officers to deal with these issues properly."

"The Lib Dems 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."