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Police: Finance

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effects on police involvement in community services of the planned reduction in funding for police authorities in 2008-09. (180295)

There is no reduction in funding for police authorities in 2008-09.

The provisional police funding settlement for the next three years was announced on 6 December 2007. General grant will increase by 2.7 per cent. in each year with each police authority in England and Wales receiving a minimum increase in general grant of 2.5 per cent. for each of those years. In addition, a range of other funding will be made available to all police authorities. In line with the Government’s commitment to neighbourhood policing, the settlement includes an increase from £315 million to £324 million for neighbourhood policing provision for 2008-09.