Cheap TV licences will come to an end, under Labour plans – raising up to £1m a year for the region’s cash-starved police forces.
The Opposition vowed to make applicants for TVs pay the full processing costs, after growing protests that they are being subsidised by taxpayers.
Well, this won’t go down well with their voters, will it? Raising licencing costs for the poor, whose only pleasure in life is ‘Jeremy Kyle’? For shame!
Oh, wait, I might have mistyped…
Yvette Cooper, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, said: “When money is tight, we need to get the best out of every pound, challenge waste and find new savings.
“The police are already struggling to cope with growing crimes such as violent crime, child sex exploitation, online child abuse and online fraud, and prosecutions are falling as they can’t get cases to trial.”
And absolutely none of that is down to the fact they are spending all their time filling out paperwork for licensed gun owners, is it?