Magazine article Public Finance

Met Reform Funds Diverted to Anti-Terrorism

Magazine article Public Finance

Met Reform Funds Diverted to Anti-Terrorism

Article excerpt

A shake-up of policing in London could be jeopardised because the funds it needs have been swallowed up by the extra costs arising from the terrorist attacks on July 7 and 21, Public Finance has learned.

Met Commissioner Sir Ian Blair last week outlined how the capital's police service is to be reshaped over the next three years with the roll-out of the Safer Neighbourhoods programme and the merger of the anti-terrorist branch and special branch into a single counter-terrorism unit.

But senior Met sources said the estimated £5m set aside to implement the service review had been used up in the counter-terrorism effort.

Other projects that have also been put on hold include a large-scale co-ordinated IT project, which was to be introduced in response to Sir Michael Bichard's Soham inquiry recommendations, and a police staff training and development programme, a source added.

Latest figures put total costs of the post-July 7 policing effort at £60m, of which approximately half are additional.

The police overtime bill alone stands at £15m, while the cost of reimbursing other police forces that lent officers and staff to London is estimated to be £5. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.