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.
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.