A decision to axe some or all of the capital's neighbourhood police community support officers has been postponed, it has been reported.

The Metropolitan Police was set to discuss plans to cut all borough-based PCSOs at its management board meeting on Tuesday (September 29).

But it is understood the controversial decision has been pushed back until after the government's spending review in November, and the BBC have reported that the meeting never actually took place.

Since 2010, the force has had £600m cut from its budget, and is expected to make a further £800m in savings over the next four years.

There are 36 PCSOs in Waltham Forest, a 67 per cent reduction on the 108 officers patrolling the streets in May 2010.

Under the proposals, the Met must choose between two options - retain 629 PCSO posts, which equated to one officer per ward or axe all PCSO posts.

Labour Assembly Member Murad Qureshi welcomed the delay.

He said: "I welcome that the Met is taking the time to listen to the vast public opposition to the proposed cuts to all PCSOs in London.

"Despite this stay of execution for PCSOs it’s clear the future of local policing in the capital remains at grave risk. We cannot be complacent and will be spending the next two months making the case for neighbourhood policing in the capital.

"There is no doubt that Government cuts are putting great strain on the police force, it’s time the Home Secretary understood that the decimation of neighbourhood policing is not a price the London public are willing to pay."