Stephanie Questions Home Secretary on Police Cuts

As reported in The Star, on Monday 16th October Stephanie questioned the Home Secretary on concerns voiced by local police in Barnsley after a recent visit by the MP for Barnsley East.

Amber Rudd has given reassurances there are "no plans for further cuts" to the police budget amid concerns from the South Yorkshire MP that officers are overstretched.

The home secretary faced calls to guarantee cash to forces across the country, particularly in Yorkshire, as she appeared in the House of Commons for departmental questions.

Ms Rudd, in reply to Stephanie Peacock MP, said:

"I can reassure you that there are no plans for further cuts, that the police budget has been protected between 2015 and 2020.

"And I'd like to pay particular admiration to South Yorkshire Police, who recently launched a new neighbourhood policing model - moving significant resource into neighbourhood policing across the force's four districts, which shows exactly how well they're operating."

Ms Peacock had earlier told Ms Rudd:

"A quarter of my local police force's operational strength has been cut since 2010.

"When I visited police in Barnsley this weekend they told me they're genuinely worried about how they will continue to operate at the same level if further cuts are made.

"Do you disagree with officers like those in Barnsley that additional cuts will have a severe impact on neighbourhood policing?"

Ms Rudd suggested fire services merge with police forces to make savings so they can spend more on the front line.