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Reform, regulation and charitable soakings

11 September 2014

Last Wednesday, I visited One Great George Street to hear the home secretary, Theresa May, give a keynote speech for the centre-right think tank Reform on the role of the Home Office in managing demand and on ongoing changes for the police service.

The home secretary quoted both recorded crime statistics and the independent crime survey to opine that crime is down by more than 10 per cent since the last general election and suggested that this proved that "police reform is working".

May believes that in the future the government will need to work towards the "integration of the three emergency services". She said: "In the last four years, we have achieved something no modern government has achieved before. We have proved that, through reform, it is possible to do more with less. We will need to go on doing more with less for many years into the future."

Doing more with less appears to be a continuing theme for this government, wh...

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