Home Office written question – answered on 30th March 2022.

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Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle Labour, Wallasey

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the impact of the 4 to 4.5 per cent real terms cut to the National Crime Agency’s budget on its ability to tackle fraud.

Photo of Rachel Maclean Rachel Maclean The Minister of State, Home Department, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Government is increasing law enforcement investigative capacity to tackle fraud. Last year we invested £63 million, and over the next three years the Spending Review has allocated a further £400 million, in tackling economic crime including fraud. This includes establishing a new fraud investigative function in the NCA, meeting a manifesto commitment to create a new national cyber crime force focused on fraud.

In addition, we are creating new fraud investigation teams in Regional Organised Crime Units. These new capabilities, driven by a new tasking and coordination process run by the National Economic Crime Centre, will target the most serious and harmful frauds.

Later this year, we will publish a new approach to address the threat of fraud. This will further set out how we will work with law enforcement to tackle fraud and bring offenders to justice.

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