Labour hits out at £6.1m of ConDem policing cuts for the North East

Labour MPs in the region have today hit out at Tory/Lib Dem Coalition budget proposals that will cut £6.1m from the police grant to North East forces. A vote in the House of Commons later today will reduce this year’s funding to the Northumbria, Durham and Cleveland Police Forces by the equivalent of 235 police constables.

Catherine McKinnell, Labour’s MP for Newcastle North, said;

“By reducing funding to local police we will see a cut to front-line police services on streets across the region. In Northumbria alone, £3.5m is being removed from this year’s budget, that’s equivalent to 135 Police Officers.

This is a clear breach of the promises made by the Conservative LibDem government. In the General Election, neither the Tories nor the Lib Dems made the public aware that a victory for them would mean less police on the street. The Lib Dem actually promised more police. These budget cuts are going to make the job of policing our streets more difficult.”

Bridget Phillipson MP, Labour MP for Houghton and Sunderland South and a member of the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee said;

“Under the previous Labour government, crime was falling and we had record numbers of Police Officers and PCSOs on the beat, working with local communities.

I am very concerned about these cuts. Police forces have already fixed their budgets based on the settlement agreed by Parliament earlier this year. It is deeply unfair for the coalition to come along now and cut the money available to them. These cuts will have an affect on front-line services and are a worrying sign of how new Coalition plans to treat the policing of our communities.”

Alan Johnson MP, Shadow Home Secretary said;

 “This will put massive pressure on forces and police authorities who have already set their budgets for the year.

“A cut of £115m is equivalent to over 4,000 fewer Police Constables on the beat.

“With Labour crime fell by 36 per cent and there were record numbers of police on the beat.

“Whilst everyone recognises that the deficit must be reduced, this attack on front line policing could mean fewer police on the beat and risk the safety of our communities.

“I will be urging all MPs to think again and vote against these cuts.”

ENDS

 

 

Possible effect of the proposed reduction in police grant on constable strength

 

 

Home Office Police Grant, 2010/11

 

Number of Constables equivalent to proposed grant reduction

 

As agreed February 2010

Proposed Amended Grant

Difference

Estimated constable salary

Number

% of March 2009 strength

 

£m

£m

£m

£

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cleveland

51.6

50.3

1.3

25,962

50

3.60%

Durham

47.8

46.5

1.3

25,962

50

4.10%

Northumbria

117.4

113.9

3.5

25,962

135

4.20%

North East

216.8

210.7

6.1

 

235

 

England and Wales

4,808.80

4,693.80

115

 

4,161

3.80%

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