Andrew Griffiths, Member of Parliament for Burton and Uttoxeter, has welcomed the news of a substantial £450 million increase in police funding across England and Wales.
An additional £270 million was announced by the Home Office for local police forces and will help Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables manage their budgets better as well as ensure they have the resources they need. Locally, police funding in Staffordshire could increase by up to £4.9 million in 2018/19 as a result of these changes bringing Staffordshire Police’s annual budget to £182.6 million. Figures also released highlight that Staffordshire Police has one of the lowest funding reserves in the country meaning more money is going into frontline services rather than just accumulating in bank accounts. This is thanks to the work of Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Ellis.
Andrew has also welcomed news that the counter terrorism policing budget will rise by 7%, 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.
Andrew said, “Over the past seven years crime has fallen by more than a third across the country, but it is welcome the Government is committed to doing more. The first responsibility of government is to keep our country and its citizens safe, which is why the Government is putting in this additional investment to help Staffordshire keep people safe in our community.”
“It was also welcome to see Staffordshire Police has very low funding reserves. Across the country police forces carry some £1.6 billion in their reserves but it makes little sense for police forces to sit on large pots of money. This is more money that could be used to fund frontline services but this new funding announced by the Government will help police forces across the country protect our local communities.”