Metropolitan Police Numbers (2)

MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How do you plan to reconcile your strategic objective of 32,000 police officers when your proposed budget for the Metropolitan Police Service contains a £38 million cut through recognising current police numbers, meaning there is no budget to pay for officer numbers above the current level of around 31,200?


Answer for Metropolitan Police Numbers (2)

Answer for Metropolitan Police Numbers (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As I have said, I have done everything possible to maintain the strategic target of 32,000 police officers, but given the funding outlook this is increasingly challenging.

When the previous Mayor approved the 2016/17 budget, there was an acknowledged budget gap of £31 million in 2017/18. 

At October 2016, the budget gap for 2017/18 was £55 million and, following the agreed GLA additional resource of £17 million, the budget gap reduced to £38 million. 

With inherited officer numbers below the previous Mayor's target, reducing Government funding and having already provided additional Mayoral funding, I recognised the current lower officer numbers would continue into 2017/18 and reflected that in the 2017/18 budget. 

Following the Police Settlement, which further reduced Government funding for policing in London, I then identified further Mayoral funding to help mitigate this.

The current 2017/18 budget will provide sufficient resources to enable an average of 31,300 officers during 2017/18, which is higher than the previous Mayor's average during his second term of 31,149.