Thank you for contacting me about police funding.
As you may be aware, the responsibility for determining the deployment of resources to manage and respond to crimes and local community priorities rests with Chief Constables, Police and Crime Commissioners, operational leaders and local representatives.
I know the Government understands that police demand is changing and becoming increasingly complex. You may be pleased to know that the Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service spoke to every force in the country before reaching a comprehensive funding settlement. I welcome the fact that this settlement includes an increase in total investment in the police system by over £460 million in 2018/19. This also includes £280 million from increases in Council Tax precept income. I understand that PCCs are using this precept flexibility and have presented plans to protect or improve frontline policing.
Ministers have assured me that since the 2015 Spending Review, police numbers have been relatively stable. I also welcome the fact that the Home Office is working with the police in order to put forward evidence for the next Spending Review. This will ensure the police receive the resources they need to complete their vital work.
On the specific point about a Royal Commission into policing, the Government’s view is that it would be a significant undertaking, requiring a great deal of time and resource. Instead, I think it is right that the Home Secretary supports the police sector in setting its own strategic direction.
You may be pleased to know that public investment in policing is growing by over £1 billion from £11.9 billion in 2015/16 to £13 billion in 2018/19. This funding includes investment in counter-terrorism policing, local policing and funding for national programmes.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
Craig Whittaker MP