The Home Office is continually choking support to our local police by cutting their funding year-on-year. Funding has reduced from £2.5 billion to £1.8 billion and austerity clearly is not working. I will Support the Mayor of London to cut crime not police in Brent and Harrow and campaign with local residents for increased investment in police.
Further local cuts to services are making it harder for local bodies to invest in services that can help prevent crime. However, in spite of cuts, the will is there and local bodies have a moral bound duty to come together to tackle this issue. I will bring all partners together to develop a public health approach to crime to help prevent the causes of crime so that we can focus on the root problem to important issues such as knife crime.