Bus and Police

How deep can Met funding cuts go after Paris?

25 November 2015

This meeting took place on 26 November 2015. Read the transcript here.

The tragic incidents in Paris last week have called into question the impact of planned cuts to London’s Metropolitan Police Service on safety and security.

  • The cuts proposed for the Met total over £800 million[1].
  • The Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has said he expects to lose 5,000 officers[2].

We know that the Government plans to increase spending on Counter Terrorism, but what will the Government’s Spending Review, announced later today, mean for the other aspects of policing that can help to prevent a Paris-style terrorist attack?

The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee will tomorrow question the Deputy Commissioner and Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime about what the future holds for the Met’s counter-terrorism measures.

The guests are;

  • Craig Mackey QPM, Deputy Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service
  • Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC)

Guests will also be questioned on the following topics:

  • Online crime
  • Modern day slavery
  • MOPAC’s budget
  • Uninsured drivers

The meeting will take place on Thursday 26 November from 10.00am in the Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend. 

The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Notes to editors

  1. Don't risk safety of London with police cuts, Boris Johnson pleads to PM - The Evening Standard, 20 November 2015.
  2. Met police chief calls for more armed officers after Paris attacks - The Guardian, 17 November 2015.
  3. Full Agenda papers.
  4. Joanne McCartney AM, Chair of the Police and Crime Committee is available for interview.  See contact details below.
  5. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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