Counter-terror policing awarded extra funding for Parsons Green response
09 February 2018
COUNTER-TERRORISM police will receive an additional £4million this year to cover the costs arising from the Parsons Green attack.
This move comes in addition to the £24million of new money for this financial year already announced for the forces across the country that responded to the other attacks in London and Manchester in 2017.
Minister for policing and the fire service Nick Hurd announced the funding as the 2018/19 police funding settlement was debated in Parliament. He said: “The tragedy of five terrorist attacks in 2017 has sadly reinforced the threat we face from terrorism so it is right that we are increasing funding for counter-terrorism policing both this year and next.
“In September we announced £24million of new money this year going to forces across the country to meet the costs relating to the tragic terror attacks.
“I am also pleased to confirm that the Government has agreed to provide a further £4million this year to meet the costs arising from the attack at Parsons Green.
Separately, in recognition of the unprecedented terrorist threat that the UK currently faces, the government announced in December a £50 million increase to counter terrorism policing budget for next year. This brings the budget to £757 million and the government has already committed to increase spending on counter-terrorism by 30% over five years from £11.7billion to £15.1billion.
It has also provided £144 million over the spending review period for a national uplift in armed policing capability and funding for an additional 1,900 officers at the security and intelligence agencies.
The government is also reviewing its counter-terrorism strategy CONTEST to ensure that the government is responding to the threat from terrorism both now and in the future.