Budget offers no ‘community safeguards’

Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd
Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd

WIGAN’S police commissioner has slammed chancellor George Osborne’s budget plans claiming cuts to public services will endanger community safety.

Tony Lloyd said Greater Manchester Police has had £150m slashed from its budget since 2010 resulting in plummeting numbers of officers.

Crime is going up, police officer numbers are being cut and neighbourhood policing is under threat – but still the government carries on regardless

Tony Lloyd

He said: “We are seeing the impact of the cuts to policing and other public services across Greater Manchester.

“Crime is going up, police officer numbers are being cut and neighbourhood policing is under threat – but still the government carries on regardless.

“George Osborne found no time in his budget speech to address community safety and the message we have to take is that these relentless cuts will go on and on and on. This is unsustainable.”

Mr Lloyd, a former Labour MP, said: “The cuts imposed in Greater Manchester have been much worse than those in, for example, the Tory shires. These cuts have not just been too fast and too deep – they have been incredibly unfair to the poorest parts of the country, where public services are most needed.”