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West Midlands Police funding cuts to be debated in Westminster

West Midlands Police have faced significant cuts over the last five years Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/PA Images

Funding for West Midlands Police will be discussed in Westminster today ahead of a crucial government consultation on police funding next week.

Richard Burden, MP for Birmingham Northfield, will be heading up the debate which is due to start at 2.30pm.

A recent National Audit Office report found that over the last five years the West Midlands was hit with cuts (23%) twice as hard as forces in other areas (12%).

Cuts made to West Midlands Police in the last five years

"The West Midlands Police walk the beat and respond to some of the most diverse and challenging calls in the country. In many communities like mine, PCSOs are well known faces in our shopping centres and residential areas, doing vital job in deterring crime and building confidence amongst local people."

At a time when crime is increasingly demanding and intensive, it is plain wrong that our region is at risk of losing further frontline services as result of the Government's plan.

– Richard Burden, MP for Birmingham Northfield


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