Extent of Tory police cuts revealed

Liberal Democrat analysis of new Home Office figures, published this week, has revealed that the Conservative Government cut funding to North Yorkshire Police Force by 5.9% in real terms between 2015-16 and 2019-20.


According to Liberal Democrat analysis, total government funding to all 43 forces (in 2019-20 prices) fell from £8.48 billion in 2015-16 to £7.99 billion in 2019-20.

Cllr Ashley Mason, Liberal Democrat member on the North Yorkshire Police & Crime Panel, added:

“Inflicting 5.9 % cuts on our local police force over the last four years, given concerns about community safety, demonstrates the disconnect between the Tory Police and Crime Commissioner, the Tory Government, and local people.”

"Police forces should be given the resources they need to recruit more officers and restore community policing, so that we can make our communities safer and make residents feel safer too.”

Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Ed Davey said:

“Across the country, we are seeing rising crime and falling police. Far too many people now feel unsafe walking down their own streets.

“Taking 5,000 police off our streets in the last four years and cutting funding in real-terms by £490 million from 2015-16 to 2019-20 are big Tory crimes."

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