Four in five Londoners believe crime will skyrocket if lockdown measures are eased as Tories condemn Sadiq Khan for plans to cut the police capital's budget by £ 110 million
- According to a City Hall opinion poll, 80% of Londoners fear crime will increase after the lockdown
- And 61% expect crime to rise back to 2019 record levels or higher
- Tories condemned London Mayor Sadiq Khan's plan to cut the capital's police budget
Four out of five Londoners believe that if lockdown restrictions in the capital are relaxed, crime will rise.
The YouGov poll for City Hall found that 80% of fear of crime will increase, while only four percent of residents believe it will remain at a level similar to what it was during the pandemic.
Greater London Authority Conservative Chair Susan Hall said the poll was a "damned verdict" on "London Mayor Sadiq Khan's ability to protect our city."
She also condemned Khan's plans to cut the capital's police budget by nearly £ 110 million.
The YouGov poll also found that 61 percent of Londoners expect crime to rise back to or exceed 2019 record levels.
Four in five Londoners believe that if lockdown measures are relaxed, crime will rise. Stock image
Ms. Hall accused Khan of “ignoring” London's priorities by planning to cut the London police budget.
The Mayor announced in June that he was thinking of slashing London's police budget by nearly £ 110m to fill the £ 493m gap in City Hall finances due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Metropolitan Police currently has 32,401 officers – an increase of 800 since Khan became mayor in May 2016.
The Met and the London Fire Brigade face the smallest percentage cuts due to their critical role in public safety and the fact that they have already been cut over the past decade.
The town hall, with around 1,000 employees, is earmarked for cuts of £ 59 million. The fire brigade could be cut by £ 25 million.
Mr Khan is expected to release his formal draft budget for the police in the next few weeks.
It comes after Conservative MPs condemned London Mayor Sadiq Khan's plan to cut the capital's police budget by nearly £ 110 million, even after his own opinion poll found that 80 percent of Londoners fear crime will rise after the pandemic
In 2019, murder in the capital reached an 11-year high and knife crime hit record levels with more than 15,000 blade violations.
Crime fell in the capital after the country was locked.
GLA Conservative Chair Susan Hall AM commented, “This is a damned judgment from the Londoners about the mayor's ability to protect our city.
“It's no surprise that only 4 percent of Londoners believe crime will not pick up again after Sadiq Khan failed to keep London safe for four years.
At the mayor's station, murder rose to an 11-year high and knife crime hit record levels. Coronavirus may have temporarily reduced crime, but it won't stay low unless Sadiq Khan disagrees with his failed approach.
“The Mayor has to cut his bloated City Hall budget to protect and empower the police in London.
& # 39; Sadiq Khan would ignore London's priorities if he cut the London police budget by nearly £ 110million. No Londoner wants the police cut off so Khan can protect his extravagant public relations machine in the town hall.
"It is not too late for the Mayor to listen to the Londoners and do the right thing to protect our city."