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Police: Migration

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect of likely increases in population on the delivery of policing services in (a) Government designated growth areas and (b) Northamptonshire. (162135)

[holding answer 14 November 2007]: Projections of population are one of the key components in the funding formula which determines the distribution of the main Government police grant between police authorities in England and Wales.

Since 1997, increases in Government funding for the police have far outstripped increases in population. In the case of Northamptonshire, Government funding has increased by 55 per cent., 22 per cent. in real terms, while its population has increased by 10 per cent.