PROTECTING PUBLIC SERVICES
The Mayor has reduced the amount of council tax precept for theMetropolitan Police by £16.4million.
We have restored that cut in ourbudget amendment. The Liberal Democrats fully support the overall approach in MPA/MPSDraft Policing London Business Plan 2010-13 and believe there should beno cuts in overall expenditure. However within the overall budget, webelieve that additional resources should be directed to front line policing,funded from reductions in expenditure that we consider unnecessary.Our proposals (appendix 1) are backed up by detailed calculations (seenotes), which use figures taken from the Met’s own published costings.We are happy for our calculations to be scrutinised by the MPA/MPS toconfirm their accuracySpecifically, we propose:
To reverse the 5% cut in Borough Devolved Budgets, puttingmoney back into front-line policing;
To make tackling gun and knife crime one of the highest priorities,in particular by funding 246 extra officers in the Boroughs with thehighest incidence of gun and knife crime;
To provide embroidered numerals on police epaulettes, and namebadges, to ensure that officers, PCSOs and Special Constables maybe easily identified by the public; and
To expand the Paladin team to allow increased policing of childtrafficking.We propose that these costs be met by cutting unnecessary expenditurein the police service. Senior officers should use public transport ratherthan chauffeur-driven limousines unless it is essential for operationalpurposes, and should not use first or business class when flying on Metbusiness. We believe that a major reduction in the Met’s Directorate of Public Affairs would have no impact on London’s policing, neither wouldreductions by a third in the Met’s use of consultants.
[See appendix 1 for further detail]
Sustaining London’s emergency service
See note 9, p.11