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Police in Surrey facing £1.9 million real-terms cut despite Government smoke and mirrors

by willforster on 20 December, 2017

Surrey Police are facing a real-terms cut of £1.9 million next year, the Lib Dems have revealed.

Yesterday, the Government announced that core funding for police budgets will remain exactly the same as last year.  Taking into account inflation, that means Surrey Police will fall a real-terms cut of almost £2 million.

The additional £270 million of funding the Government claims to be investing in the police nationally depends entirely on local Police and Crime Commissioners raising the police precept in their areas, which the Lib Dems have branded a “stealth Council Tax rise.”

The Government is forcing elected Police and Crime Commissioners to raise their section of Council Tax, and even that will not keep police budgets the same, so much for localism.  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 Tories’ attempt at a stealth Council Tax rise won’t be enough to protect local police forces.  I am genuinely shocked that Ministers are ignoring the alarming rise in serious crime with this short-sighted decision.

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