Cllr Selman urges the Government to take action on police funding ahead of imminent announcement
Cllr Caroline Selman, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Enforcement, calls on the Government to take action on police funding ahead of their imminent announcement on the provisional police grant.
In the next few days, the Home Office will be making an announcement on the provisional Police Grant funding for next year, which makes up over two-thirds of police funding nationwide.
As part of our Foot the Bill campaign, we’ve been calling on the Government to use this announcement as an opportunity to reverse their cuts to the Met and give our police the funding they need.
So far, their cuts to the police have seen 1 in 4 officers lost in Hackney, with crime now starting to go up.
As part of the campaign, we’ve also been asking local residents and businesses to write to the Home Secretary with their experiences of police cuts so she can hear first-hand the effect they are having on their lives.
We’ve had lots of emotive and powerful responses from residents so far, but the more people she hears from, the better we can make our case for the police to be properly funded. People will also be able to respond to the Government’s consultation on police funding, which will follow their announcement in the next few days.
Hackney is still a great place to live, and crime rates remain well below what they were 15 years ago, but, unless the Government takes action now, more and more people will become victims of crime
Residents and businesses can write to the Home Secretary with their experiences of police cuts at www.hackney.gov.uk/foot-the-bill.