The poorest parents ‘could steal to feed their children’ in the midst of the cost-of-living crisis

The cost-of-living crisis could result in police resources being stretched even further if tough families are driven to commit crimes in order to survive, a police chief has claimed. West Midlands Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Tom McNeil warned that desperate parents would steal instead of watching their children starve, as he feared the cost-of-living crisis would trigger an increase in crime.

McNeil also said he was concerned that children could also be driven to commit crimes to help their struggling parents make ends meet. He spoke to Birmingham Live after sending a letter to the chancellor giving a stern warning that parents could even turn to prostitution to pay the bills.

And the Labor APPC said an increase in crime would only increase the strain on a police force that has lost hundreds of officers over the past decade. He said: “The situation for some people will be so desperate that they can not even afford to heat the food they have in their house for their children.

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“They will not be able to afford food, basic clothes or school uniforms. Rent is still unaffordable for many people. These are things that are already a problem for millions of people and they will be put together now that we have had. The increase in energy bills and other costs.I think people will be driven to do desperate things.

“West Midlands Police are already under considerable pressure. Even with the increase in police work, the number is still less than 1,000 10 years ago. I believe the cost of living crisis will result in desperate people doing things they do not want to do and if there are an increase in crime, West Midlands Police will fight to keep up.

Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Tom McNeil
Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Tom McNeil

McNeil insisted there was never an excuse for crime, but believes the worst off can find themselves in a position where they feel they have no choice. “If parents have a choice between starving their children or stealing food, they will steal food.”

He added: “I am very concerned that it will push a large number of young people into organized crime so that their struggling mother can pay the rent. Things like loan sharks, ugly elements like the one we know it is like, young people people are being dragged into crime. “

McNeil said it was “shameful” that so many families were hit by soaring bills and that the fact that there are parents working full time but still barely making ends meet showed that the system was broken.

He added: “We are one of the richest countries in the world, we boast the size of our economy. We need to do something to stop the train crashing.”

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