Greater Manchester Police: Finance

Home Office written question – answered on 19th March 2018.

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Photo of Jeff Smith Jeff Smith Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department estimates that its funding allocated to Greater Manchester Police will increase or decrease in real terms in each year until 2019-20.

Photo of Jeff Smith Jeff Smith Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of the level of funding for Greater Manchester Police.

Photo of Jeff Smith Jeff Smith Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment her Department has made of the effect of the change in the level of police funding on the capacity of local police forces in Greater Manchester to investigate burglaries.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Minister of State, Home Department

In January I announced the police funding settlement for 2018/19 which will see an additional £450m invested in the policing system, around £270m direct to PCCs. I understand that the Greater Manchester Mayor has chosen to use his increased precept flexibility, which will provide around £10.4m additional funding for Greater Manchester Police in 2018/19. The Mayor has said that he will use this additional funding to improve services delivered to the public. I spoke to police leaders in every police force in England and Wales about the demands they face, including representatives from Greater Manchester and this settlement reflects the evidence they provided.

Decisions about the allocation of police resources and deployment of officers are for Chief Constables and democratically accountable PCCs. They are responsible for ensuring the needs of the local community are met.

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