Labour supported police cuts

Labour would have supported a 10 per cent cut to police budgets, according to a BBCNews report. In the 2015 Autum Statement it was rumoured the Government would seek to cut police budgets by 20 per cent. Labour opposed this. However, the then Chancellor George Osborne revealed Andy Burnham, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary at the time, had made it known he would have supported a cut of 10 per cent.

But Mr Osborne decided not to cut police budgets at all, saying: “I am today announcing that there will be no cuts in the police budget at all, there will be real terms protection for police funding.”

Adding: Mr Speaker, the police protect us and we are going to protect the police.”

Police spending was protected in line with inflation which would see a real terms increase of £900 million by 2019/20. 

There was also an additional 30 per cent increase to the Counter Terrorism budget. 

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