Kate Osamor MP welcomes the Chancellor’s U-turn in his Autumn Statement today, in which he stated that he would not cut the police budget. He also stated that the counter-terrorism budget would be increased by 30%.
There had previously been concerns that the Chancellor would seek to cut the police budget by up to 20%, in efforts to hit overall targets of £20 billion of government savings. Prior to the Spending Review, the police had faced cuts every year since 2010.
Campaigners had warned that cuts of anything over 10% would jeopardise the safety of the public. Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe had spoken out publicly against the potential cuts and had feared cuts of at least 2,000 officers.
Kate Osamor MP spoke out against the proposed cuts in an Opposition Day Debate in the Commons on 4 November and called on the government to abandon the cuts.
Speaking on the subject, Kate Osamor MP says:
“I am pleased that the Chancellor has reversed his prior decision to submit the police to harsh spending cuts.
This would have been a grave risk for the safety of Londoners in general, particularly in light of the recent attacks in Paris.
It would have particularly affected Edmonton, which has seen an above average rise in crime in London. Youth violence in Enfield increased by 19% during the last twelve months compared to the London average of 13%.
I want to thank campaigners who fought hard to keep the police budget protected.”