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Appleby Horse Fair

Home Office written question – answered on 18th October 2018.

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Photo of Tim Farron Tim Farron Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will meet with the chief constable of Cumbria Constabulary to discuss the adequacy of funding for Cumbria Constabulary to effectively police the area surrounding the Appleby Horse Fair each year.

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

Ministers meet on a regular basis with police leaders to discuss a range of topics. Last year, I spoke to all 43 polices force in England & Wales about the demands they face.

The Government is supporting the police to respond to changing demand with an over £460m increase in total investment in the police system this financial year, including an increase of around £280m in funding for Police & Crime Commissioners through council tax precept.The Cumbria PCC’s direct resource funding is £102.9 million in 2018/19, an increase of £2.5 million from precept compared to 2017/18.

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.If any force faces an exceptional event that could threaten the financial stability of the force, the Police and Crime Commissioners can apply to the Home Office for special grant funding.

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