Keeping Our Streets Safe
Tackling rising crime and anti-social behaviour is one of my top priorities and I will consistently campaign for the next government to free up more resources to ensure that we have more officers back on our streets. I agree with Police chiefs when they say that the cuts to on-the-beat officer numbers means our streets are less safe under the Conservatives.
It shocks me when the current MP for Dover says he is campaigning for police to ‘boost the number of patrols in the high street’ or claiming responsibility for securing funding for the local force. Perhaps he has forgotten that he himself voted for the budget cuts that saw 1500 jobs on Kent Police disappear since 2012. Although a few more officers have at last been recruited this year, this in no way makes up for the ruthless cuts that our police and emergency services have been subjected to.
According to figures from the National Audit Office (NAO), from 2010/11 to 2015/16 central government grant to police and crime commissioners and their equivalents in London, including specific grants and council tax freeze grants, has reduced by £2.2 billion in real terms. This represents a 22% real terms reduction in funding.
I want greater regulation on gambling outlets and providers: this is also something the current Dover MP has voted consistently against. I want to see hugely increased funding for, and the prioritisation of, our mental health services in the area. This will alleviate some of the pressures on our emergency services and help to prevent the long-term struggles with addiction and drug use which some people endure.