The London Mayor made the shock announcement as Scotland Yard chief Cressida Dick vowed to crack down on illegal raves after 140 were injured trying to break up the unlawful gatherings across the capital. Mr Khan released details of the cuts he will have the make in the wake of a £493m collapse in City Hall’s income due to the economic impacts of coronavirus.
Income from business rates is expected to fall by 11 per cent by March 2022 due to company closures. London’s Council tax revenue is forecast to drop by seven per cent as Londoners lose their jobs and fall into arrears.
Across the country, the Local Government Association has estimated a £6bn shortfall in council finances and is calling for emergency funding from the Government.
Mr Khan said: “The scale of the challenge is far beyond anything that any local or regional authority could have prepared for.
“My first priority is to protect frontline emergency services, which is why we have outlined proportionately smaller savings for the police and fire brigade.”
Mr Khan’s budget cuts warning came just hours of Ms Dick announced a crackdown on illegal street parties after officers came under attack for the second night running as they tried to disperse an unauthorised gathering.
Metropolitan Police officers have had to deal with a number of illegal parties and raves as thousands made a mockery of Government guidance stating only groups of up to six can meet outdoors.
Ms Dick said: “These events are unlawful. They shouldn’t be happening and we have a duty to go and close them down and to disperse them.
“The local communities hate them, it is incredibly anti-social behaviour, very noisy during a pandemic and sometimes there is violence.
“For our officers who are simply doing their duty to be attacked is utterly unacceptable.”
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Scotland Yard said extra officers in protective gear had been dispatched to illegal raves and block parties around the capital last night after an event on the Angell Town estate in Brixton the night before descended into violence and 22 officers were injured.
Officers came under attack again last night as revellers threw missiles in the Notting Hill area of west London, the scene of one of a number of unlicensed music events in the capital.
Ms Dick said: “We’ve seen large numbers of people completely flouting the health regulations, seeming not to care at all about their own or their families’ health, wanting to have large parties.”
She said police will be prepared for further trouble this weekend.
This month, big protests by anti-racism supporters have taken place in central London and other cities in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and some counter-demonstrations, some of which have turned violent.
Ms Dick said around 140 officers had been injured in the last three weeks.
Boris Johnson’s official spokesman described the violence against the police as appalling.