Bureaucrats take precedence over police

New figures reveal Mayor Ken Livingstone wants to increase spending on City Hall bureaucrats next year by an inflation-busting 14.9%. Yet earlier this week he rejected calls by Met Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair for an 11.2% increase in police funding needed to deliver promised Safer Neighbourhood community policing teams. Conservatives have accused him of "putting bureaucrats before police".

The figures are contained in the Greater London Authority’s Draft Budget for 2006-9, published Thursday.

Yet on Wednesday, under fire at City Hall about the Met’s request for an 11.2% increase to pay for Safer Neighbourhood teams, Mr. Livingstone said, “I don’t think the combination of paying for all of this on top of the Olympics will be acceptable.”

From next year, Council Tax bills will include a £20 levy to pay for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Leader of the London Assembly Conservatives Bob Neill said, “City Hall is already stuffed with the Mayor’s cronies. We don’t need anymore as it is, but to call for such a huge increase in spending in the same week as he rejected the Met's request for funding to put more police on the streets is a disgrace. The Mayor is putting bureaucrats before police.”


Story from: www.glaconservatives.com