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Government defends cuts to Greater Manchester Police

Mike Penning, Minister for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Victims defended cuts to policing in Greater Manchester Credit: PA Images

The government has responded to claims by the Police Federation that Greater Manchester Police will have so few resources left after cuts people will only ever see policemen if they're arrested.

Mike Penning, Minister for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Victims, said:

"Police reform is working and crime in England and Wales has fallen by more than a quarter since 2010, according the crime survey for England and Wales."

"While we acknowledge that the police funding settlement is challenging, there is no question that the police will still have the resources to do their important work. What matters is how officers are deployed, not how many of them there are in total. The reduction in crime nationwide demonstrates there is no simple link between officer numbers and crime levels, the visibility of the police in the community and the quality of service provided."

"This Government has made it easier for the police to do their job by cutting red tape, scrapping unnecessary targets, and giving forces the discretion to use their professional judgement. Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary's State of Policing Report recently found Greater Manchester Police has made excellent progress in challenging financial circumstances and is achieving the required savings."

"We have committed to a fundamental review of the police funding formula to ensure that allocations to local forces are fair and appropriate. We will consult the police fully in due course.”

– Mike Penning, Minister for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Victims
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Protest over NHS cuts

Hundreds of people have taken to the streets of Manchester to protest over frontline cuts to NHS services.

The downgrading of A&E departments, ward closures, job cuts and privatisation are just some of the proposals being but forward to save money.



March against NHS cuts in Manchester

Across Greater Manchester cuts and closures in the NHS are being opposed from Trafford, Wigan, and Bolton. The Manchester march will be supported by health campaigners from across the region.

We are not just fighting to save our Accident and Emergency unit in Bolton, we are part of the fight to save all the units and all of our hospitals.'

– Karen Reissman, nurse and trades unionist, Unison.
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