Cuts Watch #285: Police forces face ‘deep cuts’
The Guardian has learned that Britain’s police forces are expected to have to make deep cuts in officer numbers after a Treasury decision to protect Home Office spending on counter-terrorism above all else.
Theresa May is believed to be very close to a final settlementthat will protect counter-terrorism funding from immediate cuts, though not from the effects of inflation over the next four years. It is expected that the decision to exempt counter-terrorism from the cuts of up to 25% demanded by the Treasury will mean deeper cuts in other parts of the £10.2bn Home Office annual budget.
Police forces have been drawing up cost reduction plans in anticipation of next week’s comprehensive spending review announcement. So far the Chief Constables of West Midlands, Lancashire, Hampshire, Kent and North Wales have indicated to their authorities that they plan to cut a total of 6,467 police jobs over the next four years.