Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget today, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Ed Davey said:
 
“Given the sharp rise of serious violence on our streets and the worsening crisis in our prisons, it’s almost unbelievable that the Chancellor’s Budget contained not a single penny to tackle these problems. Merely promising to ‘review police spending power’ isn’t nearly good enough.
 
“Liberal Democrats demand better. We are calling for an extra £300 million a year to boost community policing and urgent investment to recruit more prison officers.”
 
Notes
 
The number of full-time equivalent police officers in England and Wales has fallen by 4,789 (4%) since 2015. On top of that, the number of Community Support Officers is down 2,231 (18%) and the number of Special Constables is down 4,384 (27%).
Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-workforce-england-and-wales-31-march-2018, Table H3
 
In the same period, knife crime has increased by 62%, firearm offences are up by 30% and homicides are up 33%.
Source: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/bulletins/crimeinenglandandwales/yearendingjune2018
 
A leaked Home Office report shows that the Government’s police cuts “likely contributed” to the rise in serious violent crime.
Source: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/apr/08/police-cuts-likely-contributed-to-rise-in-violent-leaked-report-reveals
 
In 2018, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons has issued Urgent Notification letters setting out significant concerns about four local prisons: Nottingham, Exeter, Birmingham and Bedford.
Source: https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmiprisons/about-hmi-prisons/urgent-notifications/
 
The number of deaths in prison has risen by 36% since 2015, while self-harm incidents are up by 81% and assaults on staff are up by 144%.
Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/safety-in-custody-quarterly-update-to-june-2018

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