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PCC welcolmes indications from the Home Secretary that he will “prioritise police funding in the spending review next year”

  • Published: 24-05-2018 at 14:05

The Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed indications from the Home Secretary that he will “prioritise police funding in the spending review next year”.

The comments from Sajid Javid came as he addressed the Police Federation conference in Birmingham.

Mr Javid, whose brother is a chief superintendent in the West Midlands, told delegates at the conference that there was a need to think about “the long-term funding of the police”.

“I’m not arrogant enough to turn up here after three weeks in the job and tell you how to do yours. What I will say is that I am listening and I get it. I get that there is increased demand,” he said.

“My pledge to you is this: I will prioritise police funding in the spending review next year.”

Lincolnshire PCC Marc Jones welcomed Mr Javid’s comments and praised the Home Secretary for an “incredibly heartfelt, honest and powerful” speech.

“It’s very encouraging to hear the Home Secretary accept that funding in the long-term has to be addressed and he will prioritise policing budgets next year,” said Mr Jones.

“We should never forget that the tough decisions made back in 2010 to constrain public spending were vital for the national finances. As the situation improves it’s up to PCCs and Forces to evidence their efficient spending of public money and set out the case for additional funding.”

“I remain optimistic that we can, together with Government arrive at a funding solution that will enable us to continue to provide a strong and sustainable service to the communities of Lincolnshire.”

The Home Secretary’s full speech can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/home-secretary-police-federation-speech-2018