Pendle MP welcomes £17m. additional funding for police
Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson has welcomed news that Lancashire is set to receive an additional £17m. towards policing next year.
Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced policing will receive up to £15.8 billion in 2021-22 – an increase of £636m. on last year.
This includes over £400m. to recruit 20,000 extra police officers by 2023. Lancashire has already benefited from an additional 100 officers.
Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson said: “Officers and staff at Lancashire Constabulary have been instrumental in keeping our community safe this year, and I pay tribute to them for their hard work and professionalism.
“I am delighted to see Lancashire getting an additional £17m. next year. I was proud to be elected last year on a promise to get more officers onto the streets and to ensure our police have what they need to keep us safe.
“This Conservative Government is now doing exactly that – ensuring we build back safer as we recover from coronavirus.”
The funding will be also be used to bolster counter-terrorism policing, including money for armed policing and more officers.
During the coronavirus pandemic, the Government has provided £30m. to help forces step up coronavirus enforcement and has reimbursed forces for all additional PPE purchased between March and July.