Government Put Police In Impossible Position
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16 Dec 2010
South Yorkshire Police are facing cuts of over £33 million in real terms over the next two years alone, according to House of Commons Library analysis of this week’s Government funding announcement.
Figures published by the Policing Minister were only in ‘cash terms’, but this analysis, commissioned by the Shadow Home Secretary Ed Balls, shows the true impact of the cuts after inflation is taken into account. This research shows that South Yorkshire Police will face a cut in central government funding of over 15% in real terms over the next two years – a total of £33.6 million.
By imposing cuts of this speed and scale the Government has put South Yorkshire Police in an impossible position. The Home Secretary has ignored warnings that this could mean around 20,000 fewer police officers across the country.
I am very concerned about what these cuts will mean for police officer and PCSO numbers in our area. They will undermine all the progress we have made to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in the Rother Valley.