Nigel Evans, MP for the Ribble Valley has welcomed today’s news of a substantial £450 million increase in police funding across England and Wales.
This includes up to an additional £270 million in police force budgets, so individual forces have the resources they need to respond to changes in demand. Police funding in Lancashire could increase by up to £6.1 million in 2018/19 as a result of these changes.
Mr Evans has also welcomed news that the counter terrorism policing budget will rise by 7 per cent, with a £50 million increase taking it to at least £757 million, and £130 million extra for national policing priorities. This means the Government is now spending more on counter terrorism policing than ever before.
Commenting, Nigel said:
“The first responsibility of government is to keep our country and its citizens safe, and to protect our way of life and our values. Over the past seven years crime has fallen by more than a third across the country, but we know there is more to do. That’s why we are putting in this additional investment to help the Lancashire Police force keep people safe in our community.”
The Home Office is enabling Police Crime Commissioners to increase their funding by up to £270m in 2018/19 by paying the same level of core Government grant funding as in 2017/18, and giving PCCs the flexibility to increase their funding by increasing Council Tax precept by up to £1 a month for a typical householder without the need to call a local referendum.
This was a welcome move from Mr Evans, who has publicly stated his wish for Clitheroe police station’s front counter to stay open:
“I am pleased to see that core Government grant funding will remain the same, whilst forces could see budget increases through the council tax precept. It is clear that the police budget is somewhat strained, this has been visible with the closure of several front counters across Lancashire – I am happy to see that the government has addressed this burning issue.”
An additional £130 million will be invested in national priorities, such as digital technology. Police forces will have access to £175 million Police Transformation Fund, in order to help drive police reform.