MPs meet with Government Minister over Merseyside Police funding

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12 Mar 2019
Yesterday a group of Merseyside MPs met with Minister of State for Policing The Rt Hon Nick Hurd MP to raise their concerns about the impact of government cuts to Merseyside Police.

Since 2010/11, Merseyside Police has received a 32% real terms reduction in central government funding.

Over the same period, Merseyside Police has seen a reduction in its workforce of 1,614 – from 7,350 to 5,736. This represents a 22% reduction which is above the national figure of 18%.

Merseyside is experiencing increases in traditional crime alongside increasing demand in new and emerging crime areas such as Cyber, Vulnerability and online crimes. Overall, crime in Merseyside has increased by 29% in the last five years, and there was an increase of 12% in crime in the 12 months to the end of September 2018.

Margaret Greenwood, MP for Wirral West, who attended the meeting said:

“Merseyside MPs made it very clear to the minister that we need an increase in funding for Merseyside Police.

“I made it very clear to the Minister that the public in Wirral West are extremely concerned about levels of anti-social behaviour and crime.

“I told him about the well-attended public meetings that I have held on these issues and the very serious concerns that people have raised at those meetings.

“I explained to the minister that police officers and PCSOs in Wirral West work incredibly hard, but they are spread too thinly. I told the minister that it is wholly unacceptable for them to be put under stress as a result of government cuts.

“The minister was left in no doubt about the seriousness of the situation.

“I will continue to press the minister on the importance of increasing funding to Merseyside Police.”