Offences against Children: Criminal Investigation

Home Office written question – answered on 31st January 2019.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to his Department's transparency data, Police funding: special grant applications: 2017 to 2018, updated on 4 June 2018, for what reason his Department's policy is to fund 85 per cent of the investigation costs requested by police forces for large scale child sexual exploitation cases and not the full costs of such investigations.

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

Police and Crime Commissioners should include, within their policing and budget plans, reasonable contingencies for unexpected events within their areas. It is usual practice for PCCs to pay some costs towards most Special Grant claims. This ensures affordability, so we can support a number of PCCs in any financial year. In addition, seeking a contribution towards long term operations helps incentivise forces to ensure that such investigations are run efficiently.

Between 2017/18 and 2018/19, the Home Office has provided £22 million of Special Grant towards costs related to Grenfell Tower and £27 million towards major child sexual exploitation investigations.

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