The Labour Council in Hackney continue to put pressure on the Conservative Government to halt their dangerous cuts to policing.
Cllr Caroline Selman, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Enforcement, responded to the Home Office’s announcement on police funding for 2018/19, arguing that the government announcement on police funding does nothing to address the loss of 1 in 4 officers in Hackney since 2010.
For fifteen years, crime rates have been going down in Hackney, but cuts are now putting this progress at risk. The Government have failed to contribute a single penny more to the Met’s police grant, doing nothing to address the loss of police officers across London and the additional £370m in savings the Met must make by 2020/21. The Government wants this funding to come from Council Tax instead; the Conservatives are passing the buck to hard-working families to fund vital public services.
In January, the Hackney Labour Council ran the Foot the Bill campaign to raise awareness of the Government’s short-sighted and counter-productive police cuts. Residents had the opportunity to add their voice and write to the Home Secretary, and this all counted towards a response to the Home Office’s consultation on police funding.