Monthly Archives: February 2013

BOB AINSWORTH CONDEMNS POLICE CUTS IN THE WEST MIDLANDS

Police2Bob has condemned government cuts to policing after figures show that the West Midlands has lost 1,607 police officers since 2010 under the Tory-led Government.

Figures released by the Home Office show the Government’s cuts to policing have resulted in the lowest number of police officers in England and Wales for over a decade. 

This comes on the back of recent figures showing the proportion of crimes being solved by police is falling, with 30,000 fewer crimes solved in the last year, including 7,000 violent crimes against the person.

Commenting on the reduction in police numbers, Bob said:

“It is extremely worrying that thanks to this Conservative-led Government’s cuts to policing, we now have 1,607 fewer police officers in the West Midlands.

“This Government’s reduction in police numbers puts our communities at risk with fewer frontline officers, fewer officers responding to 999 calls and less visible police. The morale of our officers is also at an all-time low.

“These huge cuts to policing are making it harder for the police to catch criminals and deliver justice. 30,000 fewer crimes were solved under this Government in the last year, including 7,000 crimes of violence against the person.

“I know that Chief Constables and their teams across the West Midlands are trying their hardest to deal with challenging crime issues, but thanks to the current Government’s cuts, thousands of victims are being denied justice. Thousands more criminals are getting away with it – so this Tory-led Government needs to urgently rethink next year’s police budget cuts and stop letting our communities down.”

The reduction in police numbers comes as a result of the Tory-led Government’s decision to cut over £1bn from the police since 2010.

The Home Office has now released the police grant figures for 2013/14 and confirmed that investment in police would be at a three year low with over £1bn pound cut from police in England and Wales since the last election.

During a debate on police funding in the House of Commons yesterday, Bob condemned the Government’s cuts, particularly in high crime areas.

Commenting on the cuts to police funding, Bob said:

“The cuts imposed by the Government have caused severe problems for police forces the length and breadth of the country, but in the high-crime areas, the cuts are even deeper and disproportionate.  For example, in the west midlands, which is a high-crime area, the cuts are deeper than they are across the nation as a whole.”

“The Government urgently needs to look again at the level of resources it provides to high crime areas, which have been hit much harder when compared to low-crime areas.”

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WOMEN LOSE OUT AGAIN ON GOVERNMENT PENSION REFORMS

House of Commons Library research released by Labour reveals the true cost of the Tory-led Government’s proposed pensions reforms to 600 women in Coventry North East constituency who are set to lose out.

600 local women born in 1952 and 1953 will not be eligible for the single tier pension since they are due to retire in 2017, before the state pension reforms come into effect. Men born during the same period, however, will qualify.

The news comes after the government claimed that “we have to be absolutely transparent [about who will lose]” – yet they have failed to make clear the full consequences of the planned reforms.

The unravelling of this latest pensions announcement is the second time this government has been caught trying to hide the full impact of its disastrous policies on pensioners following the Granny Tax.

David Cameron’s pension changes mean 600 women in Coventry North East will be nearly £2,000 worse off compared to men. But instead of being honest with the women that will lose out, he has tried to bury the truth.

Once again David Cameron has shown he can’t be the One Nation Prime Minister that Britain needs. It’s about time he had the decency to be honest about who will lose out under his plans.

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Tens of thousands in the West Midlands to be hit by the bedroom tax

The Tory-led Government are pressing ahead with their unfair bedroom tax. 

With this tax due to come in to effect in April for tenants of working age, people in Coventry are getting understandably concerned about how they and their families will be affected.

This tax will cut the amount of housing benefit that people receive if they are deemed to have a spare bedroom in their council or housing association home, potentially affecting 60,000 people in the West Midlands alone.

Thousands of people are vulnerable to this change including:

  • separated parents who share the care of their children and who may have been allocated an extra bedroom to reflect this
  • couples who use their ‘spare’ bedroom when recovering from an illness or operation
  • foster carers because foster children are not counted as part of the household for benefit purposes
  • families with disabled children

The Tory-led Government is targeting hard-pressed families living in social housing, with those affected likely to lose an average of £728 per year.

This bedroom tax is unfair and the Government needs to think again before it’s too late.

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