Responding to a report by the Public Accounts Committee, Islwyn MP has said police numbers in England and Wales are at crisis point and the government is not willing to take action.
In South Wales police budgets have been cut by 12% in real terms according to the NAO. Mr Evans said ‘The failure to fund police sufficiently has a real impact. The police cannot do everything, they are being forced to priorities, this means less officers on the streets and less crime prevention.
Despite being aware the police funding formula had needed reform for three years the Home Office has taken no action.’
Referring to the recent budget Mr. Evans, who has been a member of the committee for the past three years said ‘It is shocking the government are aware that police funding is at critical levels but did not assign a penny to regular policing in the budget.
‘This is happening against a backdrop of an increase in violent crime, at the same time police numbers have dropped by 21% since the government came to power in 2010.
‘This report makes the Tories boast about being the party of law and order take on a hollow tone. It’s time for the government to take responsibility for their actions – they have cut the numbers and underfunded the police and they have to take urgent action.’