To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2020 to the oral question from the hon. Member for West Lancashire, Official Report, Column 1238, and with reference to the letter dated 6 July 2020 from the Police and Crime Commissioner to the Minister for Crime and Policing, copied to the hon Member for West Lancashire, stating that Lancashire Constabulary received an increase of £4.3m in 2020-2021 financial year for the recruitment and delivery of 153 additional police officers, for what reason that Answer stated that Lancashire Police received a £22.6 million increase in funding this year to enable it to recruit another 153 police officers over the next 12 months.
The Government will provide a total police funding settlement of up to £15.2 billion in 2020/21, which is an increase of up to £1.1 billion compared to 2019/20. From this settlement, Lancashire Police are receiving up to £308.8m in funding in 2020/21, which is an increase of up to £22.6m on 2019/20. This figure includes the force’s £4.3m share of the £168m ringfenced funding for police recruitment. This funding is made available to forces when they can demonstrate that they are recruiting and are spending on the necessary supporting infrastructure.