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Hogan-Howe: Decision not to cut police budgets 'right decision'

Commissioner of the Met Police, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe. Credit: ITV News

The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police said he is "pleased" that the government will not cut overall police spending, saying that it was the right decision "given the variety of threats" Londoon and the UK is facing. In a statement, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said:

We are pleased for the people of London that the government has decided not to cut overall spending on the police.

We believe it's the right decision given the variety of threats we're facing.

These include terrorism, cybercrime and the significant increase in the reporting of sexual assaults and child abuse.

We need to move resources into these areas and build up our firearms capability.

– Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe


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Tory MP: Explaining tax credits u-turn will be 'difficult'

A Conservative MP has welcomed George Osborne's "complete u-turn" on tax-credits, but added that it would be "difficult" to speak to his constituents about the change, having had to defend the reforms originally.

Mark Garnier, a member of the Treasury Select Committee, told ITV News Political Correspondent that while the move "the right thing to do", and said he had previously asked if the Chancellor could "soften the blow" of the measures.

However, he added the issue of money being "recycled through the machinery of government" still didn't "make any sense", and suggested much of the money from tax credits subsidised low pay from employers.


Think Tank: Families will be hit when universal credit introduced

The Treasury's decision to scrap cuts to tax credits means that families will be affected when the planned changeover to universal credits happens, a think tank has warned.

Cross-party think tank Demos "welcomed" the announcement to scrap the unpopular cuts to tax credits but said large portions of the promised savings to the welfare budget now depend on future universal credit figures.

In a statement, Demos said:

The Chancellor’s welcome decision to shelve plans to cut tax credits will protect working families now, at the expense of the Treasury; but over time, the plan is to move from tax credits (and other benefits) to Universal Credit – entitlements we know, from the Summer Budget, will be subject to cuts.

So it is when families make the transition from one system to another that the real savings will be made.

– Demos

Children’s Society: 'Right' to drop tax credit cuts plan

The Chief Executive of The Children’s Society has said that the Chancellor has taken the "right decision" in abandoning his plans to cut tax credits for working families.

Children would have been the biggest losers had these deeply unfair cuts gone ahead and we welcome this reversal.

[But] the Government is planning, through its Welfare Reform and Work Bill, to prevent parents from getting tax credit support for more than two children.

It is also freezing working-age benefits for the next four years, and increasing the number of families hit by the benefit cap.

– Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of The Children’s Society
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