£90 million CUT from the UK border security budget

The Government have been accused of cutting nearly £90million from the UK border security budget. 

Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham claimed Border Force staff were told to anticipate 6% reductions this year and next – a total of £88 million.

He wrote to Home Secretary Theresa May, warning it is the “worst possible time” to squeeze spending and criticising the “highly unusual” failure.

The Home Secretary was “going to great lengths to hide these cuts” because she was aware of the dangers “in her heart of hearts”, Mr Burnham said.border forceThe Home Office said “all necessary measures” would be taken to protect the UK’s border but conceded that the Border Force budget was still be be finalised.

But Mr Burnham said: “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.” 

In his letter he said he was “worried you are about to make a very serious mistake with respect to the resourcing of UK border security.

“It is my strong view that, in the wake of the terrible events in Brussels and Paris, this is the worst possible time to be cutting UK border security. 

“As we learn more about the extent of the terror networks in Belgium, there will be increasing focus on the UK-Belgium border and whether security is strong enough across all air, sea and rail terminals. 

“Now is the time to be strengthening our borders, not weakening them. I urge you to drop these damaging cuts.”

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