Boris Delivers Biggest Boost in Police Funding for Decade

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has delivered the biggest increase in funding for the police in a decade, boosting budgets for forces across the UK.

Vale MP Alun Cairns, who stood on the promise of extra money for police services, says this will help to keep the Vale safe and support the recruitment of 20,000 extra police officers.

The UK Government is enabling an increase in funding for the policing system of up to £1.1 billion for 2020/21, the biggest increase in a decade. The funding allows police forces to recruit the first 6,000 of the 20,000 additional police officers promised by the end of March 2021.

South Wales Police will directly benefit from a cash increase of £21.1 million, as the budget rises to £312.4 million for 2020/21 from £291.3 million the previous year. 

Mr Cairns said, “At the General Election, I stood on a manifesto pledge to increase funding for the police and I am delighted that this is being delivered at the earliest opportunity. Keeping our communities safe is one of our biggest priorities and the recruitment of extra officers will play a significant role in this.”

The Conservative Government also introduce measures to keeping the public safe from the worst criminals by ensuring offenders receive the appropriate punishments, ordering an urgent review into sentences for violent and sexual offenders. This includes, extending the Unduly Lenient Sentence Scheme so more victims can appeal the sentences offenders receive. The Government said they will stop the automatic release of the most serious offenders at the half way point of their sentence, toughen up terror sentencing and ensure life means life for child murderers.