Nigel Evans, MP for the Ribble Valley has welcomed yesterday’s announcement that funding for the police system will increase by up to £970 million next year, the biggest increase since 2010.
Police funding in Lancashire could rise by up to £18.4 million in 2019-20 as a result of these changes, a 6.9% increase on current levels.
Mr Evans has also welcomed 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.
Additionally, the settlement will again see £175 million going into the Police Transformation Fund, which includes investment for innovative new crime prevention techniques and a new national welfare service for front line officers, and £495 million for national police technology capabilities.
Commenting, Nigel Evans said:
“I am delighted that police funding in Lancashire could increase by over £18 million next year, it is clear that a significant boost to local forces was needed and I am pleased that the government has recognised this. Crime has been increasing in the Ribble Valley and I hope that the Police and Crime Commissioner recognises this and directs funds to our area to get more police on the beat.
“I am pleased to support a government that is taking a balanced approach to the economy – spending on key public services while keeping taxes down and getting debt falling. This is certainly a step in the right direction for police forces across the UK.”