Surrey Police face a £1.9m real-terms cut in Government funding – and Council taxpayers must plug the gap

January 9, 2018 11:21 AM
Originally published by Mole Valley Liberal Democrats

Paul Kennedt policePolice in Surrey are facing a real-terms cut of £1.9m next year, the Liberal Democrats have revealed.

Today the government announced that core funding for police budgets will remain exactly the same as the current year. With inflation now running at 3.1% due to Brexit, that means Surrey Police will fall a real-terms cut in Government funding of £1.9m in 2018/19. The additional £270m of funding the government claims to be investing in the police nationally depends entirely on local Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC) raising the police precept in their areas, which the Liberal Democrats have branded a "stealth council tax rise."

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (and former PCC candidate for Surrey) Mole Valley District Councillor Paul Kennedy commented:

"The Conservatives are ignoring calls from senior officers to increase investment in our police. The impact of this cut in police budgets will be felt in our communities and in our streets.

"With crime rising, the government should have increased police budgets in real terms. Even the Conservatives' attempt at a stealth council tax rise won't be enough to protect local police forces.

"I'm genuinely shocked that Ministers are ignoring the alarming rise in serious crime with this short-sighted decision, while spending billions on Brexit."