Khan accused of prioritising “waste and spin over keeping Londoners safe” as GLA Tories publish plan to put almost 1,400 extra bobbies on the beat
Sadiq Khan could put nearly 1,400 more police officers on London’s streets by cutting waste, a fully-costed plan from the GLA Conservatives has shown.
The proposed changes form an amendment to the Mayor’s draft budget, which currently earmarks millions extra for PR, culture, City Hall staff and the transport unions. This comes despite the Mayor’s claim that government policies mean that he can’t afford to increase police numbers.
The amendment, which was tabled today, calls on the Mayor to reduce some of the bloated budgets down to 2016/17 levels – the year Khan took office. By doing so, the Mayor could free up nearly £83 million to invest in new police officers.
Among other proposals, the amendment says that the Mayor should:
The amendment also urges the Mayor to find savings within TfL by:
By adopting the Conservatives’ plans, the Mayor would have enough extra cash to freeze the non-policing precept – a real terms tax cut for millions of Londoners.
The Mayor will decide whether to accept the amendment next month.
Commenting, GLA Conservatives Leader Gareth Bacon AM said:
“The Mayor has proven time and time again that he has completely the wrong priorities for London. With crime spiralling out of control, Londoners are crying out for extra police officers - not more PR campaigns, bureaucracy and silly advert bans.
“The Mayor routinely pleads poverty and blames government for dwindling police numbers, but he is taking Londoners for fools. Khan has made a conscious decision to prioritise waste and spin over keeping Londoners safe, but it is not too late for him to change course.
“Our fully-costed plan would enable Sadiq Khan to reduce some budgets to the same levels as just two years ago while freeing up enough cash to put almost 1,400 extra bobbies on the beat”.