GM Police facing £7 million cut

Police in Greater Manchester are facing a real-terms cut of £6.93 next year, the Liberal Democrats have revealed.

In December the government announced that core funding for police budgets will remain exactly the same as last year.

The additional £270m of funding the government claims to be investing in the police nationally depends entirely on Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham raising the police precept for next year, which the Liberal Democrats have branded a "stealth council tax rise."

Liberal Democrat Hazel Grove Parliamentary candidate Cllr. Lisa Smart 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. I launched a crime survey in the autumn which has so far had over 1,000 responses and revealed that over 40% of people in the Hazel Grove constituency already don’t feel safe at night. Real-terms cuts in policing are only going to make these problems worse.

“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."

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