Cannock Chase MP welcome increase in local public spending

Amanda Milling MP welcomes biggest funding boost in a decade for Staffordshire Police and Cannock Chase District Council.

Amanda Milling MP has welcomed the confirmation that Staffordshire Police and Cannock Chase District Council will see their funding increase next year, demonstrating the Conservative Government’s commitment to deliver on the people’s priorities and level up the entire country.

Staffordshire Police will receive a funding increase of up to £14.5m next year, a 7.4% boost that will ensure police officers have the resources they need to tackle crime and keep our streets safe.

This increase is part of the £1.1 billion funding boost for police forces across England and Wales, the biggest increase in a decade that could take total funding for the policing system up to £15.2 billion.

The funding increase includes £150 million to fight organised crime and online child abuse, £39 million to tackle serious violence including cracking down on county lines drug dealing, and a £90 million increase for counter-terrorism policing to help protect our streets.

The funding boost follows the Conservatives’ plan to recruit an extra 20,000 police officers by 2023, with Staffordshire Police set to receive an initial 90 officers by the end of this year.

Cannock Chase District Council will also see its budget increased by 3.5% this year, part of the Conservatives’ commitment to level up local services across the country.

Local authorities across the country, including Cannock Chase District Council, will receive a share of £49.2 billion local government funding this year – a 4.4 per cent real terms increase and the largest year-on-year real terms increase in a decade.

Funding for key public services will be protected, with significant extra resources dedicated to areas where they are needed most. Thanks to the investment being made by the Conservatives, Cannock Chase District Council will have an extra £400,000 to spend this year.

The latest Local Government Finance Settlement, which was confirmed by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick in February, includes an additional £1.5 billion for social care. When added to the existing social care package, local authorities will now have access to over £5.5 billion of dedicated funding across adult and children’s social care in 2020-21.

Amanda Milling MP said: “I am delighted that thanks to the Conservative Government, funding for Staffordshire Police and Cannock Chase District Council will increase next year. This additional funding will help us to deliver on the people’s priorities – with more money for our police forces to keep the public and our streets safe, and additional funding for councils so they can continue to deliver their vital services.