LONDON: In wake on alarming situation generated by violence in London, Mayor Sadiq Khan hassaid that any cash injection would come too late to help Scotland Yard’s current battle with escalating gun and knife crime that could make 2018 the bloodiest year in the capital for more than a decade.
According to the Mayor’s office, the Conservatives have cut the Met’s funding by more than £1bn since coming to power in 2010 – £730m to date, with a further £335m to be saved between now and 2021. There are now fewer than 30,000 officers on the streets for the first time since 2003.
Mr Khan said: “It’s about time the government woke up to the stark reality of the cuts they have imposed, but waiting to the spending review next year is far too late. “We have seen police officer numbers drop below 30,000 in London for the first time in 15 years and it’s not sustainable. The new home secretary must show he really understands the issues facing the police by giving them proper funding and powers now before it’s too late.”
The mayor has used his powers as London’s Police and Crime Commissioner to invest an extra £110m into the Metropolitan Police to recruit 1,000 new officers. A further £45m has also been allocated to the the Mayor’s Young Londoners Fund which aims to help people away from crime by working with community groups to give them skills and opportunities. Meanwhile, Sadiq Khan has criticised Theresa May over her government’s “inhumane” treatment of the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, in a letter to Downing Street.
The north Kensington families had been faced with “institutional indifference” in the year since the fire, he said, before demanding that the government improve communication with survivors, accelerate re housing and allow relatives overseas visas to the UK to attend the inquiry into the blaze. The letter to Number 10 comes after the first week of formal hearings at the inquiry. Lawyers representing the bereaved and survivors told the probe the stigmatised perception of social housing tenants had undermined fire safety measures in Kensington.