Yvette Cooper, Labour's Shadow Home Secretary, said:
“This morning we have seen yet another cabinet minister in denial over the impact of their cuts. Whilst the Chancellor is in denial about the state of the economy, the Home Secretary is clearly in denial about the impact on the police and fighting crime. We have already seen a loss of 2,500 full time officers and I fear this is only the thin end of the wedge as the Government’s 20 per cent cuts to police budgets start to bite.
“The Government’s cuts are frontloaded and demand quick savings from police forces, putting pressure on them to cut officer numbers. Already there have been reports of police officers struggling to fight crime because of cuts in resources.
“On top of all of this the Home Secretary is putting even greater pressure on police budgets with increased surveillance costs as a result of the new Control Orders regime, yet it is still not clear how she will find the money to fund it.”