Now is not the time to cut the police budget
Yesterday’s Birmingham City Council meeting received a report from the West Midlands Police Authority, which again set out in very stark detail the impact of the Government’s decision to slash its funding by 20%. The implications of that cut are quite clear – it will mean fewer experienced officers on our streets and less resources to keep up the fight against crime.
At the same time, the Government are pressing ahead with their half-baked plan to replace Police Authorities with regional Police Commissioners, creating yet more disruption at a time when we need the police to be focused on the most important job – that of keeping our communities safe.
I got the chance to speak in the debate and expand on some of these points in more detail. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, you can now watch a recording of the meeting by following the link here. My contribution can be found around 4 hours 30 minutes into the recording.