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Hogan-Howe: Funding cuts mean difficult decisions for police

The Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said funding cuts mean difficult decisions lie ahead for police and society as they hit the Met's ability to tackle the array of crimes.

One of the problems we do have is that you get less and less money spent on policing at the moment. Probably a third less over the next two years, so there's going to have to be some hard decisions made by society and by the police.

It's incredibly important but there are also other things too which we have to see to so we do our best to put as many resources as possible to work our way through it but there's no doubt its a massive challenge.

There's no doubt its a challenge to keep up with the pace, because before the internet existed this sort of crime didn't happen.

– Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

Sir Bernard also said that police arrest an average of one person a day for terrorist offences and that the number arrested had risen by a third compared to last year.

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Top cop: Police 'skimming the surface' of online crime

The Metropolitan Police Commissioner has said that officers are just "skimming the surface" despite efforts to protect children online.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe. Credit: PA

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said that while the force had employed more officers in the area, policing the internet remained a "massive challenge". The commissioner said the Met had a squad of 300 officers dedicated to internet security which is likely to grow by 200 in the next year, but added "even then I think we're skimming the surface a bit"

Cameron and Osborne: 400,000 homes on Brownfield land

David Cameron and George Osborne have also revealed they are considering plans to unlock capacity for building 400,000 homes on brownfield land.

...there will be the opponents of planning reform. We will always protect the green belt and make sure planning decisions are made by local people.

But the fact is that just 10 per cent of England is developed.

There is capacity for 400,000 homes on brownfield land — we need to get building. And as we do, we will make sure the homes look good.

We have already given local people the power to create neighbourhood plans; more than 1,000 are well under way.

This gives local people an even greater ability to decide where new homes go and what they look like. And we will go further in the coming months

– CAMERON AND OSBORNE WRITING IN THE TIMES

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Cameron and Osborne on inheritance tax shake-up

Cameron and Osborne. Credit: PA

Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne have hinted the terms of an inheritance tax shake-up expected in next week's budget.

And once you’ve got your home, you’ll be able to pass it on. As we promised in our manifesto, we’ll take the family home out of inheritance tax for all but the richest — and it’s a promise we will keep.

As we said we would, we’ll pay for this reform by limiting the pension tax relief to those who are earning more than £150,000.

It can only be right that when you’ve worked hard to own your own home, it will go to your family and not the taxman.

– Cameron and Osborne writing in the Times

Varoufakis: Contingency plans a 'malicious rumour'

Finance minister of Greece Yanis Varoufakis. Credit: PA

Greek Finance Minister has responded to a report in the Financial Times that Greece was making contingency plans for the possible bail-in of deposits saying it was a "malicious rumour".

Yanis Varoufakis made the comment on his Twitter account. The report in the FT said the contingency plans could include a 30 percent bail-in on deposits above 8,000 euros.

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