Police: Expenditure

Home Office written question – answered on 17th December 2018.

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Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Digital Economy)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much the UK spent on policing as a proportion of GDP in the 2017-18 financial year; and how that figure compares to the (a) G7 and (b) EU average.

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

Total funding for Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales, counter-terrorism policing and national policing programmes was £12.5 bil-lion in 2017-18, including council tax, which represents 0.62% of GDP. This figure excludes policing in Scotland and Northern Ireland as these are matters for devolved administrations and not the responsibility of the Home Office.

Overall, public investment in policing is growing by over £1 billion from £11.9 billion in 2015/16 to £13 billion in 2018/19, including counter-terrorism policing, funding for national programmes and local policing in England and Wales.

The Home Office does not collect or hold direct international comparisons for these statistics.

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