The West midlands has seen years of council tax increases to pay for policing, while the force continues to fail with surging crime rates and record levels of emergency calls.

It comes after West Midlands police was awarded a funding rise of almaost £40 million for next year, the second biggest funding in the country outside the London Met police.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissionerq Mr Foster said he was committed to rebuilding community policing and said an increase in the budget had been “assumed” by the Government.

Mr Foster’s pledged to put 450 extra community police officers on the streets, making violence against women and girls a top priority and investment in youth services and support through schools to prevent knife crime.

“I would much rather that the Government had fully funded this increase, rather than effectively mandating it and transferring the burden onto local council taxpayers,” he added.

“With rising costs and inflation, West Midlands Police’s budget remains under pressure.