Reality Check: Is police funding falling?

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The impact of funding on rising crime is a matter of hot debate, but what is certain is that police forces in England and Wales have less money than they did in 2010. Putting a precise figure on it is harder than you might think, however, because budgets are made up of different elements and these elements are not published officially in one place. After five years of cuts, in 2015 the government committed to protecting English and Welsh police forces' budgets in real terms overall. But there are big caveats to this. Police forces in England and Wales mainly get their money from a combination of grants from central government - the biggest chunk - and money raised through council taxes.


Chicago Mayor Skips Over Pension Funding Fix in Final Budget Speech

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Emanuel's budget includes $25.7 million to fund a proposed consent decree mandating changes in police practices. It also incorporates a new contract with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, but not with police and fire unions, whose contracts expired in 2017, according to city officials.


Reality Check: Is the Met Police facing £400m in cuts?

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The claim: The Metropolitan Police is facing cuts of £400m by 2021. Reality Check verdict: The Metropolitan Police's budget will be flat in cash terms, so there is not going to be a cut in that sense, but the Mayor of London's team calculates that rising costs will mean savings of £400m will need to be found between 2017-18 and 2020-21. Former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Blair told Tuesday's Today Programme that police cuts need to be reconsidered. Later, a spokesperson for the Mayor of London said: "It is simply not true to say that the Met's budget has been protected... the Met now has to find a further £400m." But on Wednesday's programme, First Secretary of State Damian Green said: "There are no police cuts.


Illinois Has Budget but No School Funding Plan

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FILE - In this Thursday, May 15, 2014 file photo, Illinois Rep. William Davis, D-Homewood speaks on the House floor at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Lawmakers in July 2017 enacted an overall spending plan for the state that includes money for education. Gov. Bruce Rauner has suggested he will veto that newly devised school funding method, which could leave the state with no plan to allocate the general state education aid, which includes a $350 million increase for schools. Davis is the legislation's House sponsor.


Police funding: Cuts 'threaten ability to tackle mass riots'

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Police in England and Wales would struggle to deal with riots on the scale of 2011 due to budget cuts, an officer who oversees funding has said. Chief Constable Dave Thompson, of West Midlands Police, said the "strain is showing" after multiple terror attacks. "We'd have real challenges in dealing with something like the 2011 riots again," he wrote on the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) blog on Friday. The home secretary has admitted that police resources are "very tight". Amber Rudd told MPs on Thursday that the police response to attacks in Manchester and London required "additional work" in law enforcement.