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More Bobbies Good; Fewer Firemen Bad

Manchester's public services continue to grapple with cuts

Written by . Published on October 31st 2011.


More Bobbies Good; Fewer Firemen Bad

MANCHESTER city centre will have more bobbies on the beat during weekend – but the city is being put under threat by reduced number of fire fighters.

Despite budget cuts of £134m between now and 2015, around 20 extra coppers are being put on duty in the city on Friday and Saturday nights, thanks to rearranged shifts and drafting people in from other areas of the force. More special constables are also being drafted in to help.

"It just amazes me how they can actually increase shire budgets at the expense of massively decreasing metropolitan authorities’ that need the resources to be able to protect the public from risk."

The budget for policing the city centre on Friday and Saturday nights has been cut from £150,000 to £45,000. Greater Manchester Police is also having to close 33 front desks around the region as part of budget cuts.

But government cuts to public services are laying the city open to terror attacks, according to the David Acton, the new chair of Greater Manchester Fire Authority. Greater Manchester’s fire services have to lose nine per cent from its budget, but some rural areas actually get an increase, including Cheshire.

Forty one fire stations in the region will be affected by cuts and 250 fire-fighting posts will go as the force looks to save £23m by 2014.

"It just amazes me how they can actually increase shire budgets at the expense of massively decreasing metropolitan authorities that need the resources to be able to protect the public from risk," said Acton.

"Trafford Park is one of the biggest industrial estates in Europe, we have two massive football clubs and the Trafford Centre – all of these are pinch points in terms of threats and dangers and in terms of terrorist targets.”

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James SpencerNovember 11th 2011.

I will go and look On Canal Street tomorrow for the extra cops. (its too wet tonight.)

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