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Chancellor: Substantial savings in public spending to continue

House-of-Commons-pic1There will continue to have to be “very substantial savings in public spending” in the coming years, the Chancellor has said in his Autumn Statement.

George Osborne did not directly mention “police” or “policing” once during his 50 minute address to the House of Commons on Wednesday 3 December.

But did say “crime is down.”

Mr Osborne said: “We have shown in this Parliament we can deliver spending reductions without damaging front line services.”

He added: “Our control of public sector pay has delivered £12 billion of savings” and stated that this will continue in the next Parliament.

And he committed the Government to the Hutton pension reforms which he said would bring £1.3 billion savings a year.

While not mentioning policing, Mr Osborne did says there would be an extra £2 billion every year for the frontline of the NHS.

In response, Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls said: “People are worse off and he [the chancellor] has failed to balance the books in this Parliament.”

He added: “Working people are now £1,600 a year worse off than in 2010.”

In a statement, the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners said: “The Chancellor made it very clear that there will be further demanding savings targets next year and in future years.

“Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) are working hard with their chief constables to ensure that every possible efficiency is being made while limiting the impact on service delivery.

“Delivering further savings through efficiencies will, however, inevitably become more demanding over time.

“Part of the job of Police and Crime Commissioners is to listen to what the public is telling them and many are being told that there are concerns about the resilience of the service to withstand further significant pressures.”

Date posted: December 4, 2014

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