Andy Burnham: Border Force faces 6% cuts

Posted On: 
27th March 2016

Labour is launching a campaign against cuts to the Border Force’s budget.

Border enforcement could be facing cuts of 6% in the next two financial years, according to Labour.
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Andy Burnham said the Home Office would be making a “very serious mistake” if it presses ahead with reductions of up to 6% in the next two financial years.  

The figure comes from comments from Border Force “whistleblowers” who were told about the budgets in an internal staff meeting.

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Mr Burnham, the Shadow Home Secretary, has written to his Government counterpart Theresa May to urge her to reveal the official numbers.

"This is the worst possible time to be cutting UK border security,” the Labour MP said.

“I believe that, in her heart of hearts, Theresa May knows that and that is why she is going to great lengths to hide these cuts.

"This is not good enough. The public has a right to know about the Government's plans for the UK border and that is why I call on them to publish these figures without delay and to drop these damaging cuts.

"This decision is yet another consequence of George Osborne's botched Spending Review and Budget. It has nothing to do with the EU referendum and everything to do with a Government with its priorities wrong and whose austerity drive is putting our country at risk."

A Home Office spokesman told the BBC the Border Force’s budget was still being finalised but that “all the necessary measures” to protect the security of the UK’s borders would be taken.