Khan warns Met Police is ‘chronically underfunded’

The London mayor is urging the government to boost the force’s finances, reports Noah Vickers, Local Democracy Reporter

Sadiq Khan with police officers (credit GLA)
Sadiq Khan with police officers (credit GLA)

er shifts have been devoted to protests and vigils – and he suggested that weekend neighbourhood policing had been typically reduced by two-thirds due to staff being re-deployed.

Khan told the home secretary: “London’s communities directly suffer from the operational requirement on the Commissioner to prioritise under-funded capital city duties.

“As well as impacting the policing of the city, the demand on our police officers is impacting their welfare. The MPS [Metropolitan Police Service] has cancelled nearly 4,000 rest days and for each public order event, the same officers are being deployed.

“Many officers have worked every weekend since October and sickness rates are rising, a trend which is likely to continue.”

The mayor added: “There are additional pressures caused by the JSO [Just Stop Oil] protests and various sporting events in recent weeks and continuing over the next period as well.”

Responding, a Home Office spokeswoman said: “We are giving the police the resources they need to tackle crime, and through our police recruitment campaign we have more police officers in England and Wales than ever.

“The Metropolitan Police will receive up to £3.3bn in 2023/24, an increase of up to £102.3m on the previous year. This includes £185.3m in recognition of the increased demands the force faces from policing the capital city.

“We have also provided an additional £75.3m of in-year funding to support the force in managing the costs associated with the 2023/24 pay award.”