Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:53 pm on 19th December 2017.

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Photo of Vicky Ford Vicky Ford Conservative, Chelmsford 1:53 pm, 19th December 2017

Essex police officers do an excellent job—we are already delivering mobile working and joint working with the fire service—and it is certainly not sitting on a hidden stash of reserves, but we are one of the lowest funded forces in the country. Being able to raise the precept will deliver an extra £8.8 million, which is a helpful start. Next year, will the Minister look at fairer funding models, so that lean and efficient forces such as Essex police are not put at a disadvantage?