Recent developments in the way our local Humberside Police Service is being run show the, “devastating impact of Austerity in our community”, says Hull Red Labour Leader Dean Kirk.
Mr. Kirk was responding to a statement issued by Humberside Police Federation which said that police cover at peak times was, “woeful” and claimed that staff absence due to stress has doubled in the last year.
“We have been getting anecdotal reports from residents that not all burglary incidents are attended by the Police and the Federation confirm that this is the case. The fact that the service is being forced to implement £31 million cuts by 2019 including the loss of 200 front line officers and 500 support staff (2) can only mean one thing. Community safety is being increasingly placed in jeopardy. These cuts are completely unnecessary. It’s about priorities. In Scotland the SNP Government has increased police numbers to 326 per 100,000 people whereas in England the number is 227 and falling.Hull Red Labour call on our Police Commissioner Matthew Grove to urgently meet with the Federation and take their concerns directly to Home Secretary Theresa May”.
Holderness Ward Councillor Gill Kennett said, “In the June Budget Chancellor George Osborne gave the super rich an inheritance tax cut of £1 billion and Labour sat on its hands whilst the cruelty of the Welfare Bill went unchallenged. Hull Red Labour believe that if you can afford tax cuts and £23.4 billion on buying Trident weapons of mass destruction then we can afford proper local policing for our residents”.