Shabana Mahmood MP has written to the Prime Minister to ask for more resources to tackle crime in the area. There have been 7 gun discharges in the area in the last 3 months and local residents are at the end of their tether.
~~Prime Minister Theresa May MP
10 Downing Street
13 October 2017
Dear Prime Minister
I am writing regarding crime in the constituency of Birmingham Ladywood.
Since 2010 my area has been hit time and time again by the effects of the inequitable distribution of the cuts. Areas that started off high need are year on year in even higher need: cuts to youth services, cuts to in work benefits, cuts to drug prevention and rehabilitation services, cuts to probation services - all pile the pressure on communities desperately trying to hold themselves together. At the same time Government has made the decision to give big businesses annual cuts to corporation tax worth billions.
In one area of my constituency, Newtown, there have been seven shootings in the last three months. Since January this year violent and sexual crimes have been either the first or second most frequent crime in the area. The local mosque is regularly asked to supply CCTV footage after criminal activity because neither the police nor the local authority have the budget to install and maintain cameras.
This is only going to get worse. Your decision to raise police pay is welcome. Your decision to do so without putting any financial resource behind is simply shameful. It will be communities like Newtown that will pay.
I urge you to please think again about your responsibility to resource the services required to keep people safe. For my constituents it is really very simple. We need more police on the streets; not fewer. We need more cameras at crime hotspots not fewer. We need more politicians at the highest levels to care about whether people can go in safety to the local shop to buy a pint of milk. Not fewer. In short we need to restore police budgets to their pre-2010 levels in real terms to allow the local police to get back on top of this problem.
I look forward to your earliest response.
Shabana Mahmood MP