Bedfordshire funding boosted by £6.9 million to keep streets safe

The Home Secretary has announced that funding for police in Bedfordshire will be boosted by up to £6.9 million in 2022-23, as part of the Government’s Beating Crime Plan to make our streets safer. Which begs the question of why does the PCC for Bedfordshire want to increase the police and crime precept by a typical £10 a year?

Nationally, police forces will receive a cash boost of up to £1.1 billion – an inflation-busting 7 per cent cash increase on the previous year – bringing total funding for 2022-23 to £16.9 billion.

The boost in resources will allow the Government to continue cracking down on crime and making our streets safer – which so far has seen 11,053 new police officers recruited, over 1,500 county lines closed, and 16,000 knives and dangerous weapons taken off our streets.

Police in Bedfordshire will receive a funding increase of up to £6.9 million this year, the Home Secretary has announced. 

The announcement comes as police forces across the country are set to receive a 7 per cent increase in funding in 2022-23, bringing the total amount to £16.9 billion. 

The increase will help to deliver on the Government’s Beating Crime Plan, which focuses on ending neighbourhood crime, making our streets safer, and driving down homicide rates. 

The boost will see Police and Crime Commissioners given an additional £796 million to use according to local needs, while Counter Terrorism policing has surpassed £1 billion for the first time.

Recent figures show that the Beating Crime Plan is already having a significant effect in taking dangerous offenders off our streets. Over 1,500 county drug lines have been closed since 2019, with over 7,400 arrests and £4.3 million in drugs seized. Almost 16,000 knives and dangerous weapons have also been removed, while 300,000 at risk young people have been supported through Violence Reduction Units.

The funding will further support the creation of a National Crime Laboratory – to drive the use of innovative data science in preventing crime – as well as improving 999 response times, investing in law enforcement intelligence, and upgrading critical IT infrastructure.

Andrew Selous MP said, “From working with our local police force, I know just how valuable increased funding is in supporting our police to crack down on crime.

“That is why I welcome the increase of up to £6.9 million for Bedfordshire, bringing the total funding for our local police force up to £136.1 million for 2022-23 and supporting our police and Police and Crime Commissioners as they work to make our streets safer.

“This funding will support our police as they build on the fantastic work carried out so far – removing dangerous weapons from our streets and ending the scourge of drugs in our communities.”

Council Tax Projected Rise of £10 a Year because of Police and Crime Precept

Meanwhile,  on the Police and Crime Commissioner website of Festus Akinbusoye, a press statement says that “The Government has said that PCCs can raise the precept by up to £10 a year for an average (band D) home. A rise of just under three pence per day.” 

The Bedfordshire PCC is currently consulting on a potential £10 a year rise in the Police and Crime slice of the overall Council Tax. You can read about that, here, and take part in Festus' Survey on the projected rise.

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