Labour: Funding to Thames Valley Police has fallen by £80.6m in real terms since 2010

    New analysis of National Audit Office data by the Labour Party shows a fall in central government funding to the Thames Valley of £80.6m in real-terms since the Tories came to power 2010-11.

    Last month, the Home Secretary admitted that “there is a need for more resources” for the police.

    But the Conservatives locally claim that crime in Milton Keynes is down since 2010.

    A growing number of police leaders have gone public with warnings about the impact of austerity on policing in recent weeks, including Chief Constables of Greater Manchester, West Midlands, Merseyside and Norfolk warning of further workforce cuts as a result of demands to find another £165m in 2019-20 and up to £417m in 2020-21.

    The Chief Constable of Staffordshire and Deputy Chief Constable of Manchester have even taken to Twitter to warn the Treasury about the impact of austerity on policing in their communities.

    Charlynne Pullen, Labour’s candidate in Milton Keynes North, said: “If austerity really is over the Government must cough up money in the Budget to give our police the funding they need."

    “As Milton Keynes grows, we simply cannot keep residents safe on the cheap. These figures demonstrate the true scale of the Tory assault on police funding that is devastating the Thames Valley’s communities and leaving them at risk." 

    Milton Keynes North Conservative MP Mark Lancaster said: "There is a deeply concerning rise in the level of serious violent crime and I can fully understand why Police figures are lobbying assiduously to try and get more money.

    "I can’t predict what is in the budget, but last year there was an acknowledgment more needed to be done and Thames Valley Police had a £12.7 million funding boost for this financial year. To help forces plan their finances more effectively for the future, the Home Office signalled its intention to repeat the same settlement for 2019 to 2020."

    "It is important to note that in Milton Keynes 11 new officers were taken on last year and crime across all areas is still down on 2010 levels."

    Hannah O'Neill, Labour's candidate in Milton Keynes South and Deputy Leader of MK Council, said: “Even the Home Secretary concedes that the Conservatives have been short-changing forces, and yet there is no sign of austerity ending for the police anytime soon."

    “Why have Iain Stewart and Mark Lancaster still not called on Theresa May to cancel the billions of pounds of cuts she’s got planned for the next four years?"

    “Labour’s commitment to policing and public safety is clear. We will recruit 10,000 more police officers to keep our communities safe."

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