The Coalition – Damaging the fight against crime

The Coalition – making it more difficult to fight crime

CUTTING BUDGETS

The budget for the police, courts and prisons will be cut by 25% over the next four year. Police funding will be cut by 20% over 4 years.  

LESS POLICE OFFICERS ON THE STREETS

The Tories have asked for 25% cuts in police costs. A report from HM Inspector of Constabulary and the Audit Commission showed that over half the savings will have to come from cutting frontline services, and even that would be difficult to achieve. So Tory cuts mean either less bobbies on the beat or less officers to fight drugs, gangs, terrorism and organised crime.

The Police Federation warn up to 40,000 policing jobs could go – forces will be devastated. There will be an’ inevitable rise in crime’. Hants cutting 1400, Merseyside 800, West Midlands 1000, Kent 500 planned.

Theresa May scrapped Labour’s promise that neighbourhood police would spend 80% of their time on the beat.

WILL MORE CRIMINALS GET AWAY WITH IT?

Ken Clarke has closed 3 prisons and cancelled plans for 2 more. More convicted criminals will be walking the streets.

142 magistrates and county courts to close, so trials will take longer.

The Bar Association revealed the Coalition have failed to disclose an extra £150 min legal aid cuts – because the existing budget is being overspent because of Baby P case type spending. The main victims of the cuts will be children and vulnerable families.

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