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Kate criticises cuts in crucial emergency services

Kate has expressed her concern about cuts to the numbers of police officers and firefighters in Greater Manchester since 2010. 

Shocking statistics from the Home office have revealed that, since the Tories came to power, there are 1,851 fewer police officers in Greater Manchester.

The figures also showed that, across the country there has been a 13.7 per cent reduction in the total number of police officers in England and Wales since 2010.

Police Federation research shows that these cuts are stopping police officers from effectively doing their jobs.

The Federation’s Officer Demand, Capacity and Welfare survey showed that 78 per cent of officers nationwide reported an insufficient number of officers in their team to do their job properly.

If that wasn’t enough, figures from the Fire Brigades Union have revealed that our region has lost almost 700 firefighters since 2010, a cut of nearly 35 per cent.

Almost one in five of the total firefighting force has been slashed across the country over the period of the Conservative-led Coalition government and Conservative majority government.

Kate said, “These job cuts in our emergency services are shocking.

“The Tories are happy to praise the vital work of our Police and Fire services and talk about the importance of protecting our country. But actions speak louder than words and, on their watch, we’ve seen numbers of frontline staff slashed.

“Cuts to the police force and fire service endanger communities and endanger officers too. A Labour government will recruit 10,000 more police officers to work on community beats and 3,000 new firefighters to keep our communities safe.”

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