As Lancashire Police face £88 million in further cuts, MP Rosie Cooper is calling on the Policing Minister to honour his commitment to ensure police forces have the resources to keep West Lancashire residents safe in their homes and on the streets.
In March 2015, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper raised concerns about the impact of cuts on frontline policing. In response Policing Minister, Rt Hon. Mike Penning MP stated in the House of Commons during Home Office questions that ‘The Home Secretary and I have made it clear that there is no question but that the police will have the resources to do their important work’.
Now just months later Lancashire Police is facing a further £88 million of cuts by 2020 which will decimate policing services across Lancashire. MP Rosie attended the All Party meeting of Lancashire MPs with the Police and Crime Commissioner to discuss how frontline policing in Lancashire is being disproportionately effected by the proposed government funding cuts.
MP Rosie said:
“It was clear from the meeting with Police and Crime Commissioner that frontline policing, essential to keeping people safe on the streets and in their homes, is being torn apart.
“Back in 2011, we had a fight to save the future of Ormskirk Police Station and Aughton Police Point during the initial round £60 million of cuts. Now Lancashire police are facing a further £88 million in cuts.
“Prior to the election we heard all the bluff and bluster from the Minister about the government’s commitment to ensuring police forces had the necessary resources. Clearly those words were meaningless.
“It is clear the scale of these funding cuts will not leave police forces, such as Lancashire, with the resources they need to do their job in protecting residents and communities.
“It is outrageous that Lancashire Police, deemed to be an ‘Outstanding’ police force is being penalised for doing their job well by having to face disproportionately savage cuts that will see us losing more than 50% of our police offices between 2010 and 2020.
“I am deeply concerned about what policing will still exist by 2020 here in West Lancashire if these cuts go ahead as planned.”