A decade of Government cuts to policing forced the MPS to make £850 million of savings since 2010. London’s National and International Capital City grant funding continues to be £159m less than the Home Office’s independent adviser deemed necessary to cover the unique responsibilities of policing our capital. Furthermore, the MPS are expected to incur £58m additional costs relating to policing the pandemic in 20/21 but this is only partially covered by the grants provided by the Government, resulting in a shortfall currently estimated to be £21m. This will increase by the end of the financial year. As a result, for the 2021-22 budget, MOPAC/MPS is required to find £61.6million of savings and efficiencies, which comprises savings already identified in the February 2020 published budget of £50.2 million and new identified savings of £11.4 million.
The safety of Londoners is my first priority, and while the Government has underfunded policing in London for over a decade, I have stepped in to do everything in my power to support our police service. Since coming to office, I have invested £1.08 billion in the Met Police – more than any other Mayor of London – which includes diverting both council tax and business rates receipts to policing for the first time from City Hall. In the 2021-22 budget I have taken steps to have protect the funding of 1,300 officers for next 4 years.
I will continue to do everything I can to ensure that the Met has the funding it needs to keep our city safe, and to press the Government to fulfil its duty to do the same.