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Liberal Democrat analysis of Home Office figures has revealed that the Conservative Government cut funding to Thames Valley Police by nearly 6% in real terms between 2015-16 and 2019-20.

According to Liberal Democrat analysis, total government funding to all 43 forces (in 2019-20 prices) fell from £8.48 billion in 2015-16 to £7.99 billion in 2019-20. 32 of the 43 forces across the country experienced cuts of 6% or more.

Richard Benwell, the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Wantage and Didcot, said: "Given the public's concerns over crime, a 5.9% cut by an out-of-touch Tory Government to Thames Valley Policing is completely reckless and irresponsible."

Richard continued: "The Liberal Democrats demand better. We will give police forces the resources they need to recruit more officers and restore community policing, so that we can make our streets safer and make people feel safer too.”

Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Ed Davey added: “Across the country, we are seeing rising crime and falling police. Far too many people now feel unsafe walking down their own streets.

“Taking 5,000 police off our streets in the last four years and cutting funding in real-terms by £490 million from 2015-16 to 2019-20 are big Tory crimes."

Notes

The data is from the Home Office statistical bulletin Police funding for England and Wales 2015 to 2020, available here.

The 2015-16 figures have been converted to 2019-20 prices using HM Treasury’s latest GDP deflators, available here.

The calculations of real-terms cuts for each police force can be found here.


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