Police forces face growing attack over value for money and time spent on the beat

Has Government declared war on the police Forces face growing attack over value for money and time spent on the beat Recorded crime drops by at least 10% in 19/43 force areas as budgets fallMore than 20,000 officers supplementing income with extra work, up 20%Police spend eight minutes an hour on frontline duties; 12% of working dayMP Keith Vaz: Recent events have 'shaken public confidence in our police' | UPDATED: 17:22 GMT, 30 December 2012 Police forces were tonight facing a growing attack from the Government as tensions grew over their value for money following the fallout from the Andrew Mitchell ‘Plebgate’ affair. Recorded crime fell by at least a tenth in 19 of 43 force areas across England and Wales, official figures showed – while budgets went down by just under 10 per cent, reported The Sunday Times. And another investigation by the Mail on Sunday found that more than 20,000 officers and staff are moonlighting in their spare time – a figure that has soared by almost 20 per cent in a single year

Councils pleading poverty have put 16billion in the bank despite railing against "Dickensian" cuts

Councils pleading poverty have put 16billion in the bank despite railing against 'Dickensian' cutsReserves up by 15.5%, from 14.2billion in 2011 to 16.4billion this yearA third of councils' annual spending now put straight into the bank | UPDATED: 23:23 GMT, 30 December 2012 Hitting back: Communities Secretary Eric Pickles accused councils of scaremongering Councils have salted away an extra 2.2billion in the last year – while stepping up their campaign against the Government’s ‘Dickensian’ cuts. Official figures reveal that council reserves have rocketed by 15.5 per cent, from 14.2billion in 2011 to 16.4billion this year. The figures emerged as local authorities launched a two-pronged attack on ministers over ‘grossly unfair’ cuts that will require them to trim their budgets by an average of 1.7 per cent next year