Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas welcomes news of Mayor of London's policing investment
PUBLISHED: 11:00 23 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:32 23 January 2018
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The Dagenham and Rainham MP has praised the Mayor of London for confirming an investment of £49m will go into policing in the capital.
As part of his draft budget which was issued last week, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan confirmed that an additional £49m pot of funding will be made available to the Metropolitan Police over the next year.
The investment will be divided, with £15m spent to combat knife crime and £20.1m will be allocated to cover the cost of a 2pc police pay increase in 2018/19.
The remaining £13.9m will be made available to the commissioner to invest in officer numbers and to step up the fight against crime for the rest of the year and throughout 2019.
Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas said: “This is a positive response to a negative situation, which the government has created on our streets by consistently cutting London police funding.
“There has been a visible change in the nature of crime locally, and this extra funding allocated by the mayor will better equip officers to deal with it.”
Mr Khan said he will consider if any additional income raised from council tax and provided to the mayor by the capital’s local authorities can be invested in youth services across the city and other initiatives that help combat knife crime.
He has also requested proposals from the Greater London Authority (GLA) about how any additional one-off funding could be used.
This will include exploring options to provide further support for projects assisting young people.
He said: “Keeping Londoners safe is my first priority and I reluctantly took the decision to increase council tax because of government cuts and their failure to back the Metropolitan Police with the funds that they need.
“Of these additional funds, I am pleased to announce that an additional £15m will be allocated to help officers on the streets to get to grips with knife crime.
“Londoners will see tougher action on knife crime throughout 2018 as we look to use all of the tools available to make our streets safer.”