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Police: Ipswich

Question for Home Office

UIN 72600, tabled on 9 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to Police funding for England and Wales 2015 to 2022; Police Force Area Population Statistics for England & Wales, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of disparities in funding per resident for police forces on levels of policing in urban Ipswich.

Answered on

19 November 2021

It has been clear for some time that the current police funding formula is out of date and no longer accurately reflects demand on policing. A new review of the funding formula is now underway and will rightly consider all aspects of the formula, including an evidence-based assessment of drivers of the risk of crime and demand on policing, and issues that affect costs at a local level.

Reviewing the funding formula will ensure a fairer distribution of the circa £8 billion of annual core grant funding to the 43 police forces in England and Wales. I have previously confirmed the Government’s intention to complete this work before the next General Election.

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Home Office