Councillor Phil Bateman MBE responds to the Government budget today. ” I want to place on record my concern that the Government missed a great opportunity today to say that they cared about the safety of our communities.
I am very concerned with crime in my City of Wolverhampton and particularly in my Ward of Wednesfield North. Yet this Government takes no notice at all of our concerns and continually squeezes resources to West Midlands Police.
Recently the City of Wolverhampton Council passed a resolution demanding action from the Government….yet this Conservative Government just ignores the concerns.
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner bemoaned the fact that “Having lost £145 million and 2,000 officers since 2010 our police force has diminished considerably in size.”
Today the Government had a chance to build confidence by increasing police resources and assuring citizens that they had a plan to tackle our concerns. But they didn’t, and they appear not to care a fig about protecting and serving our communities…….remember this when the Tory candidate turns up canvassing votes at the next General Election.”