Police in England and Wales facing ‘new era of austerity’

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Police in England and Wales facing ‘new era of austerity’




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London mayor among those fearing imminent financial crisis mainly caused by Covid-19

Police are facing a “new era of austerity” with some forces potentially facing their worst ever annual budget cuts fuelled by the coronavirus crisis.

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has warned the funding crisis endangers the government’s pledge to recruit 20,000 extra officers to fight crime and risks leaving police “with one hand tied behind their back”.

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