Labour parliamentary candidate for Thurrock slams government over police funding

THE Labour candidate for Thurrock at the next parliamentary elections, John Kent has slammed the government over th flattest announcement on police funding.

John Kent said: “Since 2010, the Tories have made huge cuts to the police; 20,000 police officers have been lost and we have seen the result of that with rising crime, here in Thurrock and nationally, and the overstretched police are unable to respond to certain crimes.

“Today’s announcement will do little help. The government’s refusal to increase the Home Office grant funding for the police amounts to a real-terms cut whilst they are looking to push council tax bills up by the maximum allowed to find £270 million while police forces are expected to find another £100 million in savings.”

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