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Police promised biggest funding rise 'in a decade' as taxpayers face larger bill

Police forces across the region will get extra cash for the year 2020/21 Credit: ITV News Anglia

The government has promised the biggest cash boost for police "in a decade" as it announced its funding plans for the coming financial year.

In the Anglia region it means a rise of over £124 million in police funding in total compared to 2019/20, but only if police and crime commissioners raise the police precept.

Nationally, funding for police forces will increase by more than £1.1 billion in 2020/21, the Home Office said.

This includes £700 million for the recruitment of 6,000 officers - the first phase of the 20,000 pledged over the next three years.

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According to the announcement, the total amount of funding available could reach £15.2 billion - if police and crime commissioners ask council tax payers again to stump up extra cash to pay for services.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “This government is delivering on the people’s priorities by giving policing the biggest funding increase in a decade.

“It will mean more officers tackling the crime blighting our streets, so people can feel safe in their communities.

“The police must now make full use of this significant investment to deliver for the public.”

TOTAL FUNDING FOR 2020/21 PER FORCE

  • Bedfordshire £121.9m (£9m increase)
  • Cambridgeshire £155.7m (£11m increase)
  • Essex £322.8m (£23.8m increase)
  • Hertfordshire £221.1m (£16.3m increase)
  • Norfolk £177m (£11.8m increase)
  • Northamptonshire £145.8m (£10m increase)
  • Suffolk £134.8m (£9.6m increase)
  • Thames Valley £455.7m (£33m increase)
Extra police officers will help crack down on drug dealing. Credit: ITV News Anglia