Since 2010, the Met has had funding cuts of £600m. Under Tory plans, a further £400m will be cut in the coming years.
At the end of last year Sadiq Khan scraped London’s strategic target for 32,000 police officers that has been in place since 2012, blaming the cuts imposed by the Tory Government.
In addition, Sadiq Khan plans to close police stations in every part of London following a flawed consultation on policing. This consultation was described as the worst consultation of 2017 by the Consultation Institute. Caroline Pigeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly member, is working with Lib Dem teams across London campaigning against these cuts. The Liberal Democrats are seeking to legally challenge Sadiq Khan’s plans and to force a more robust consultation on the various options open to him.
Sadiq Khan has finally decided to use income raised from business rates to support the Metropolitan Police, this is something that Caroline Pigeon pushed for last year.
“Further funding for the Met from central Government is desperately needed. The Mayor gets no credit for simply using funding powers which have long been open to him.” (Caroline Pigeon)
Against this backdrop of cuts to police budgets overall crime has risen by 18% in H&F in the last 4 years. More worryingly is the increase in violent crime which has risen by 60% over the same period.
In recent months there has been a spate of violent attacks in Brackenbury Village with 2 newsagents having been targeted and elderly residents having been attacked near Wingate Road.
Both the Tory Government and Labour London Assembly are letting down Hammersmith and Fulham residents on crime. Police funding in London is both the responsibility of the Home Office and the London Major.