This week in Parliament MPs debated the Coalition Government’s proposals to cut £125 million of core police funding.
Unfortunately the Government has made no commitment to maintain front line policing and one of their first acts has been to slash the police budget for this year. This is clearly unfair as police forces like South Yorkshire, who have already set their precepts, will now have to make savings.
This will have an impact on police numbers and the services they can provide the people of Rother Valley, that’s why I opposed this new funding package as it simply does not protect the interests of local residents.
The decision to cut the Home Office Police Grant, the Capital Grant and the Counter Terrorism Budget seems to be part of a sustained attack by the new Government on neighbourhood policing.