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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:07 pm on 22nd February 2017.

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Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing and the Fire Service) 1:07 pm, 22nd February 2017

I can only repeat what I said earlier: last year, we protected police spending when precept is taken into account. The overall level of government funding allocated to police is exactly as announced in the 2015 spending review at £8,497 million.

I am delighted that the Policing and Crime Act 2017 received Royal Assent on 31 January because it allows us to ensure that we are working towards implementing many provisions that will further help policing to reform and deliver in the future. The Act ensures that collaboration between police forces and with other public services to better tackle emerging threats can go further and faster, providing efficiencies to ensure that money is spent on the frontline delivering for the communities in which the police work. There is substantial evidence showing that closer collaboration between the emergency services can improve public safety, secure more efficient services and deliver better value for money for taxpayers.