Wednesday’s announcement by the Government on the biggest increase in funding for the police system in a decade has been welcomed by the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson.
The amount of funding available to the policing system for 2020 to 2021 will increase by £1.1 billion (almost 10%), totalling £15.2 billion and will build on a number of existing government commitments to tackle crime across the country. The money will enable forces to recruit 6,000 of 20,000 additional police officers by the end of March 2021.
The extra cash will provide £150 million to fight organised crime and will allow forces to continue to crack down on online child abuse. Tackling serious violence will be also backed with £39 million, which includes £20 million for county lines drug dealing.
Funding for counter-terrorism policing will also see an increase totalling £906 million in 2020 to 2021, a year-on-year increase of £90 million.
Following initial analysis of the annual police funding announcement West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson, said:
“At last the government have recognised the damage they have done with ten years of cuts to policing. This must be the first step in addressing the chronic funding problems that still exist.
“I am pleased that after years of campaigning we have had some success in changing the government’s direction. There is much more for them to do though.
“Since 2010 West Midlands Police have lost over 2,100 officers and faced real terms cuts of £175 million in government funding. Today’s announcement does not come close to unravelling a decade of under-investment in police forces.
“Out of the government’s planned 20,000 uplift in officer numbers – based on today’s figures – West Midlands Police can expect around 1,200 officers, despite having lost nearly double that number.
“It should also be noted that whilst good quality policing is crucial to reducing crime, other services have a big role to play to. We need to see an increase in youth services if the government are serious about tackling the root causes of crime too.”
Police and Crime Commissioners will have access to:
- £8,702 million in government grants, which is £667 million more than the previous year
- Flexibility to increase local funding in England by setting the council tax referendum limit to £10 for a typical (Band D) property.
- If all PCCs in England maximise this flexibility and ask average households to contribute less than 20 pence per week, this would generate around £248 million in additional funding for forces in England next year.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said:
“This government is delivering on the people’s priorities by giving policing the biggest funding increase in a decade.
“It will mean more officers tackling the crime blighting our streets, so people can feel safe in their communities.
“The police must now make full use of this significant investment to deliver for the public.”