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Police funding increases by £450 million in England and Wales

21/12/17
Police funding increases by £450 million in England and Wales

Police forces in England and Wales are set to benefit from an extra £450 million for 2018, the Government has revealed. The additional funding is part of a comprehensive settlement for forces and counter terrorism policing.

Under new legislation, police will be able to raise the portion of council tax which goes towards policing by £12 per household annually. That would raise £270 million of the total, with a further £130 million to come from the Government for priorities such as firearms.

The money will also be used to cover unexpected costs that arise within local policing. For example, Greater Manchester Police were given £9.8 million after the Manchester Arena attack. National technology programmes designed to deliver greater productivity and mobile working have also benefited from the funding.

Meanwhile, an extra £50 million has already been pledged by the Government for counter terrorism activities. Home Secretary Amber Rudd called the funding a “strong settlement” and said that for local forces, national needs and counter terrorism it will ensure that forces have the necessary resources to keep us safe.

Ms Rudd also warned that the pace of reform must be increased saying that “for too long embracing digital and increasing productivity have been tomorrow’s policing problems – now they are today’s necessities”.

She added: “The Government is committed to meeting this challenge and we want policing to do the same.”  The £175 million police transformation fund was set up in 2016 and allows individual forces money to invest in the type of reform and digitisation projects that the Home Secretary refers to.

The projects are led by local forces and are awarded to ideas that will have a national impact. Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, Nick Hurd, who consulted with police about the issues they face, said that the money amounted to a “comprehensive settlement that makes sure police have the resources they need”. He added: “The Government remains very committed to helping police improve efficiency by investing in the technology and skills.”

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