Joan Ryan MP has joined with Sadiq Khan to call on government ministers to provide a fair funding settlement for policing in London.
I support Sadiq Khan's campaign against further cuts to police funding in the capital and I am calling on government ministers to provide a fair funding settlement for policing in London.
For all of us, feeling safe and secure in your own home and your neighbourhood is one of the most important things in life.
But I know, from talking to local residents, that many people are concerned about crime in Enfield.
Violent crime in Enfield has soared by 10% over the past year - higher than the London average - and we have a serious gang problem, which this Conservative government is doing nothing to resolve.
Instead, the government's cuts to our police service is putting the people of Enfield at risk.
Between May 2010 and December 2016, Enfield lost 48 police officers and 140 PCSOs from its streets. In addition, Winchmore Hill Police Station has shut, Enfield Town Police Station now only operates during the day-time and Southgate Police Station’s front counter service has been reduced to just 3 hours per week.
Since 2010, the Metropolitan Police budget – the bulk of which is provided through a central Government grant - has suffered a £600 million reduction in funding, which has led to the loss of 2,800 police staff across London and the closure of many police stations.
The Metropolitan Police is already expected to find £400 million worth of savings from its budget by 2020/2021, yet the outcome of a review into the national police funding formula currently being considered by government ministers could result in even deeper cuts to the Met’s funding.
The safety of our streets is a top priority for Sadiq and myself and it is vital that the government listen to this campaign and our concerns.
- Sadiq Khan voiced his serious concerns over the future of police funding in London, as he took questions from the London Assembly, at their plenary meeting, regarding his first draft budget on Wednesday 25th January 2017.
- The Mayor of London’s statement on his campaign can be found here: https://www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/mayoral/mayor-asks-assembly-to-unite-against-police-cuts
- Further information on the Mayor of London’s draft budget for 2017/2018, including information on policing, can be found here: https://www.london.gov.uk/about-us/governance-and-spending/spending-money-wisely/mayors-budget
- The London Assembly’s response to the Mayor’s draft consultation budget for 2017-18, including information on policing, can be found here: http://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/final_budget_and_performance_committee_-_response_to_mayors_budget_-_jan_2016_2.pdf
- The latest Metropolitan Police crime figures for London can be found here: http://www.met.police.uk/crimefigures/. Over the course of the past 12 months, up to December 2016, violent crimes against the person in Enfield have risen by 10%, from 6,778 cases in December 2015 to 7,457 in December 2016. Over the same period violent crime against the person across London has risen by 6.3%.
- Information on the Metropolitan Police Service’s police officer and PCSO numbers can be found here: https://data.london.gov.uk/dataset/metropolitan-police-service-recorded-crime-figures-and-associated-data. In May 2010, Enfield had 590 police officers, by December 2016 Enfield had 542. In May 2010, Enfield had 166 PCSOs, but by December 2016 that figure had fallen to 26.
- According to figures from the National Audit Office (NAO), from 2010/11 to 2015/16 central government grant to police and crime commissioners and their equivalents in London including specific grants and council tax freeze grants has reduced £2.2 billion in real terms. This represents a 22% real terms reduction. A House of Commons Library Briefing Paper on ‘Police Funding’ (February 2016) can be found here: http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-7279