25 January 2012

Boris will have 1,000 more police on the beat than at the end of Ken's term

However Labour cut it, Boris will have 1,000 more police on the beat than at the end of Ken's terms

Labour claim: Boris scrapped Ken's plan to increase police officers

This is false, Ken's promise was empty because he never had the money to do it. Another broken promise from Ken Livingstone.

Explanation:

Pre-election claim: Before the 2008 election Ken Livingstone said in a London Assembly budget debate: ‘I have been able to hold the precept increase [the increase in the Mayor’s part of the council tax] below the rate of inflation, while still funding an additional 1,000 police officers in the coming year.’

The reality: Despite his claim Ken Livingstone's rise in council tax did not pay for increased police numbers, as the increase was funded by the Home Office and boroughs, as revealed by official documents. In an Assembly written answer by Mr Livingstone himself, it was revealed that 867 of Ken’s 1,000 extra police would not be ‘provided by the Mayor’s budget’ or funded by City Hall’s precept increase. They would have been paid for by central government. The remaining 133 new officers did not come out of Mr Livingstone's budget either. They were being funded by the London boroughs.[1]


[1] Andrew Gilligan, Evening Standard, 14 February 2008, http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23437669-how-much-longer-can-kens-greenwash-last.do

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