18 Dec 2018

Home Office announce largest increase in police funding since 2010

The Home Office has announced the biggest rise in police funding since 2010.

The provisional police funding settlement of up to £14 billion for 2019-20 is up to £970 million more than the previous year. It will enable the police to meet financial pressures and respond effectively to the changing and increasingly complex crimes they face.

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) will receive:

  • £7.8 billion in general Government grants, which is £161 million more than the previous year.
  • more money to spend locally. The council tax referendum threshold will be £24 for a Band D property. If PCCs ask households to contribute an extra £2 a month, this would generate around £510 million in additional funding.
  • The settlement demonstrates the Home Office’s commitment to fighting serious and organised crime, including economic crime and drug trafficking, with a £90 million investment in national, regional and local capabilities.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Since becoming Home Secretary I have been clear I would prioritise police funding, and today I have delivered on that promise.

“This is a significant funding settlement that provides the most substantial police funding increase since 2010, with more money for local police forces, counter terrorism and tackling serious and organised crime.

“It will enable the police to recruit more officers and be better placed to respond to the increasingly complex crimes they face.”

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