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Budget cuts could leave Londoners at greater risk from terror attacks

Londoners could be at greater risk from terror attacks if Government ministers cut police budgets, Sadiq Khan today warned.

The mayor claimed Scotland Yard faced losing millions of pounds because of possible changes to the police funding formula.

Government cutbacks have cost the the Metropolitan Police almost 3,000 staff since 2010, according to City Hall.

The mayor plans to increase the average council tax bill by 8p a week from April to maintain police numbers but he admits he is unlikely to achieve his 'strategic' target of 32,000 officers.

Government cuts have cost the the Metropolitan Police almost 3,000 staff Credit: PA

My message to the Government today is clear. Londoners' safety will be put at risk if police funding is cut any further and ministers must listen to our concerns.

– SADIQ KHAN, MAYOR OF LONDON

The Home Office said the Metropolitan Police Service was the best funded force in the country and changes to the formula would only happen after a public consultation.

It is vital our police forces are fit to face the challenges of tomorrow. As Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary has made clear, there is considerable scope to improve efficiency.

– HOME OFFICE SPOKESPERSON

I would echo the Mayor in calling on the government to maintain funding levels for the Metropolitan Police, especially given the terrorism threat our city faces. However, Sadiq Khan is cutting the Met's staffing budget by almost £40m, making it impossible to recruit more officers.

– GARETH BACON, LONDON ASSEMBLY CONSERVATIVE MEMBER