Looking Back – Budget 2008: more Police

“AN EXTRA 500 police officers are to be recruited across Scotland, after the SNP government agreed to a last-minute change to next year’s £30 billion Budget Bill.

In an attempt to secure Tory support, the administration agreed to change the Budget, diverting £10 million from prisons, road maintenance and health to boost police recruitment.

The Conservatives have been pushing for an extra 500 new police officers, and SNP ministers will hope that last night’s concession is enough to get their support.”

The Scotsman – 1st February, 2008

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