'Extra £450m funding' for police in England and Wales

'Extra £450m funding' for police in England and Wales

Council taxpayers will fund much of a police cash boost of up to £450 million under a financial settlement unveiled on Tuesday.

Along with a cash grant from the government, this could mean an extra £2.9 million will be put into Warwickshire Police in 2018/19.

Police and crime commissioners will also be given the green light to raise local precept contributions by up to £1 a month for a typical household.

Together, this will mean force budgets will increase by up to £270 million nationally.

Although funding for police was protected in the 2015 spending review, police and crime commissioners have been expressing concern about increased demands on officers.

Policing minister Nick Hurd announced the Government would provide each PCC with the same amount of core Government grant funding in 2018/19 as in 2017/18, but crucially it has given flexibility to each PCC to increase by up to £12 annually the Band D council tax people pay locally.

Since then, I've spoken with every police force in England and Wales. It's important that frontline policing resources are available and focussed on tackling crime, to keep our town a safe and welcoming place to visit.

She said: "Taxpayers will invest more money in forces because the work our officers do to protect us is absolutely vital, and we recognise demand is changing".

With inflation at its highest for years and increasing pressures on a service which has seen Lancashire lose 800 officers and more than 400 police staff, the Government knows this means commissioners will need to raise council tax to even maintain the service residents need and deserve.

"For too long embracing digital and increasing productivity have been tomorrow's policing problems - now they are today's necessities".

'In Staffordshire, whatever decision I make, the financial challenges are still significant and there will be no let-up in the work we've been doing with police and others over the past few years to make it more cost effective and better value for money.

In a statement, the Home Office said the settlement for 2018-19 came after Policing Minister Nick Hurd spoke to all 43 forces about the issues they face.

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott questioned whether the settlement would "really enable police forces to meet the challenge and the reality of modern policing".

It's part of a £270m increase to forces across the country.

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