Labour will save 1,100 police jobs, Shadow Home Secretary will announce

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper is to announce plans to boost police funding by £70million to save jobs

Yvette Cooper
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper

A Labour government would find more than £70 million in extra funding for police - in a bid to prevent further cuts in police numbers, Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper is to announce.

The cash will allow forces to scrap plans to lose an 1,100 officers nationwide in the 2015-16 financial year.

These proposed job cuts, which have already been lined up by forces nationwide, would come on top of cuts in police numbers imposed in recent years

But Ms Cooper will tell Labour’s annual conference in Manchester that she has identified funding which can be used to boost force budgets.

This includes axing Police and Crime Commissioners - which will save £50 million which would have been spent on elections due in 2016,

Another £17.2 million will be raised by ensuring gun owners pay the full price of administering gun licenses.

At the moment, forces effectively subsidise the cost of applying for a licence. This will mean gun owners have to pay more but Labour spokesmen say forces will simply reclaim the full cost of issuing a licence rather than making a profit.

And £9 million will be raised by ensuring forces across the country charge the full cost of providing driver awareness courses to people convicted of motoring offences.

Courts in many parts of the country offer people convicted of relatively minor driving offences the option of attending a course, which they have to pay for.

But costs currently vary from £35 in some places to £100 in others. A Labour government would set a national fee, probably of around £85, which would raise extra funding.

A number of forces have told Ms Cooper’s office that they will be forced to cut numbers in the next financial year. They have not all made public announcements yet.

In January, Northumbria Police announced plans to lose 230 members of staff, reduce its number of senior officers by 200, close “expensive” police stations, and reduce the number of area commands from six to three, in an attempt to save an additional £46m by March 2017, having already delivered £58m of savings since the start of the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review in 2010.

Durham Police has to save £13 million over three years, under existing spending plans.

Cleveland Police has to make savings of £1.5m by 2018.

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