Southwark council’s leader has warned of a surge in violent crime as lockdown is eased unless extra funding is secured for the Met.
Cllr Peter John said London’s police force was facing a new era of austerity, amid the economic shock caused by coronavirus.
He was joined in the call for extra funding by Mayor Sadiq Khan. Both claim local government and the Met are facing lost income over uncertainty that their extra coronavirus costs will be refunded.
Police are facing a £110m shortfall unless extra government funding is forthcoming, it is claimed.
“A decade of austerity has already had grave consequences for our police service and our communities, and further cuts would stretch the thin blue line to breaking point, putting the safety of our residents at risk,” said Cllr John.
“Given the incredible way Londoners have responded to this pandemic, it is completely unacceptable that Boris Johnson’s government is forcing a new era of austerity on Londoners.
“Our city’s police need urgent investment, not yet more cuts.”
Mayor Khan said that unless extra funding was secured, the police would be facing cuts at the “worst possible time.”
“Unless the Tory Government takes urgent action and provides us with the funding we need, there will be significant cuts to policing in London and across the UK at the worst possible time,” he said.
“Just when there is a real risk of violent crime rising as lockdown is eased.”