Tory councils slash crime prevention budgets. What do they think will happen?

So much for the party of law and order.

The Conservative government has cut the money available to local authorities for crime prevention by more than half since 2010 – £7 billion – and Tory councils have delivered the heaviest cuts to that service.

Oh, by the way, violent crime and sexual offences have increased hugely during that time. Coincidence?

Only a fool would think so.

According to the Office for National Statistics, knife crime and robbery increased by a massive 14 per cent in the 12 months to September 2017, with about 5.3 million crimes recorded.

According to the Mirror: “Between 2009/10 and 2017/18, spending on crime reduction by local authorities has been cut by almost 60%, falling from £363m to £154m.

“Over the same period, the number of council employees working on ‘crime reduction’ has fallen by more than a third, from 120,334 to just 77,720.

“Of the 20 local authorities with the largest cuts to crime reduction expenditure since 2009/10, 15 are Conservative-controlled.”

And if you want to know where the Tories have opened up the greatest opportunities for the criminal, it’s Sevenoaks, in Kent, which has had its entire crime prevention budget eliminated.

Wasn’t there a recent news story about property prices plummeting in Tory-controlled areas of the UK? I wonder if the two phenomena may be linked.

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  1. nmac064 January 21, 2019 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    As long as they don’t affect them I don’t suppose Tories care a fig for the consequences – they are drooling over their next millionaires’ tax cut.

  2. B.Hasan January 21, 2019 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    If the conservatives don’t change their attitude and continue reducing funds for local authorities against crime prevention they will be doing themselves a big favour by getting far less people to vote for them in the next election and being kicked out. Crime prevention is one of the most important subjects when it comes to voting.

  3. Pat Sheehan January 21, 2019 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    Strong and stable: strong and stable! The party of law and order! Stop this scaremongering! Only a few people have died! And these incomprehensibly incompetent buffoons STILL command enormous support from a swathe of the dis-UK electorate who presumably think they are simply watching some sort of grotesque TV soap opera on the BBC as the ghastly spectacle continues to unfold!

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