Additional funding for the police

MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What response have you had so far to your request for additional funding for the police, and what will the consequences be, if the Government does not accede to that request?


Answer for Additional funding for the police

Answer for Additional funding for the police

Answered By: 
The Mayor

We continue to work closely with Home Office, APCC and NPCC to make the national case for police funding, and separately to make the case for the unique position facing London.   I am fighting tooth and nail to get the Government to give the Met the money it needs to keep our great city safe. Only last month, I again wrote to the Home Secretary setting out the serious consequences to policing and safety in London arising from the Government's continued refusal to clarify its plans for police funding.    There is a risk that police officer numbers will fall below 30,000 for the first time since 2003 if there is no certainty on future funding levels.

As I have warned the Home Secretary, without urgent clarity on funding, we are fast approaching a point where we will have to reduce recruitment in order to remain within our budgets. We cannot recruit officers without knowing we can afford to pay for them in the years ahead. As a result, we run a very real risk of officer numbers falling below 30,000 in this city for the first time since 2003.