Latest Public Sector News

14.02.18

London policing to be given extra £60m to fund more officers

Sadiq Khan has announced another £60m is to go into London policing from 2019.

1,000 extra officers will be funded from business rates in a bid to reduce the impact of government cuts.

It follows a similar announcement in December that saw Khan proposing a 5.1% tax increase to go straight back into financing the Metropolitan Police and London Fire Brigade.

The announcement comes after Home Office figures showed the number of police officers in England and Wales had fallen by over 1,000 in six months.

The mayor of London accused the government of failing in its duty to protect the public and said he would not “stand by” while the safety of Londoners was being put at risk.

“I want to be clear: this alone will not reverse the rise in crime we are seeing in London and across the country,” said Khan.

“It will merely enable us to keep our heads above water for the next two years.”

Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, welcomed the announcement: “Like almost every other police force across the country the Met has suffered under the Tories, with £700m lost from policing in London alone,” she stated.

“As the mayor has made clear, rises in local taxes in London or elsewhere cannot compensate for the billions that have been cut to the central Government grant since 2010.”

London Chamber of Commerce and Industry said the money could be used for a drive to tackle cyber-crime, which can have a significant impact on both businesses and the economy.

Top image: Lauren Hurley PA Wire

Have you got a story to tell? Would you like to become a PSE columnist? If so, click here.

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

related

public sector executive tv

more videos >

last word

The importance of openness after Grenfell

The importance of openness after Grenfell

Following the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, argues that if the public are going to have faith in the safety testing process then everything must be out in the open more > more last word articles >

public sector focus

View all News

comment

Government accountability: A year in crises

15/01/2019Government accountability: A year in crises

From Windrush to Univerisal Credit: the Institute for Government’s (I... more >
Rethinking public-private partnerships

15/01/2019Rethinking public-private partnerships

Trinley Walker, senior policy researcher at the New Local Government Networ... more >

interviews

Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

17/12/2018Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

One of the public sector’s key technology partners has recently welco... more >

the raven's daily blog

Top 5 reasons why you should claim your free EvoNorth delegate pass today

17/01/2019Top 5 reasons why you should claim your free EvoNorth delegate pass today

If you're looking to find out what's happening in the Northern Powerhouse, make new connections, and share innovative ways of working, confirm your attendance for EvoNorth on ... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

editor's comment

25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this feeling of imminent change than the article James Palmer, mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, has penned for us on p28. In it, he highlights... read more >