‘No police cuts’ says Osborne

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George Osborne today ruled out further cuts to police budgets in a surprise move during his Spending Review.

Lancashire police and other forces around the country had been lobbying against massive expected cuts as the Government aims to make wide-ranging savings in Britain’s finances.

But the Chancellor today stunned parliament by saying there would be no further cuts.

He said: “Now is the time to back our police and give them the tools to do the job.

“There will be no cuts in the police budget all, “ he added to cheers and loud applause.

More details are expected to follow.

Meanwhile, the Chancellor said he could abandon the controversial tax credit cuts of £4.4 billion due to improvements in public finances.

He said he would still be able to deliver the promised £12 billion in welfare cuts over the next five years while balancing the books by the end of the Parliament.