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Police cuts 'not enough'

The National Audit Office (NAO) says planned cuts by police forces fall £500 million short of the savings needed. Police forces need to make £1.5 billion of savings, but two thirds of them are not doing enough to reach this total.

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Home Office admits cuts to police budgets is 'challenging'

A Home Office spokeswoman says the funding settlement is challenging but manageable and savings can be made whilst protecting frontline services.

''HMIC made clear last year that forces were putting plans in place to identify the necessary savings. We are confident the gap is closing and the HMIC will report later this year on the progress being made.''

– Home office spokeswoman

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