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BUDGET BOOST TO REGIONS FOR STREET CRIME, LOCAL AUTHORITY SECURE UNIT PLACES

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Home secretary David Blunkett today announced a boost in policing and ...
Home secretary David Blunkett today announced a boost in policing and

the fight against street crime as he gave details of how the Budget

will provide extra funds for home office and criminal justice system

responsibilities during the course of the year.

He also announced new funds for the security operation at the

Commonwealth Games.

The home office received£180m new money in the Budget together with

£100m from the Criminal Justice Reserve for these key priorities. The

home secretary has also reallocated over£60m from the current

home office budget making a total spending plan of more than£340m.

This provides£67m for the street crime and£194m for prison places

and measures to tackle youth crime.

The street crime money will be allocated to the 10 force areas with

82% of street crime; the Met, West Midlands, Lancashire, Greater

Manchester, Thames Valley, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire,

Nottinghamshire, Merseyside and Avon & Somerset. The prison places

and juvenile places will be available throughout England and Wales.

Together this will cover:

-£36m for police operations, part of which will be earmarked for the

introduction of community support officers as set out in the Police

Reform Bill.

- the additional prosecution and court costs needed to fast-track

cases under the initiative

- 2,300 new prison places including 600 new places for juveniles and

the extension of HDC.

the extension of the Intensive Supervision and Surveillance

Programme, the juvenile bail tagging programme and 65 new places in

local authority secure units and secure training centres.

The Budget spending plan is also providing£87m for

counter-terrorism, the bulk of which will go to the Metropolitan

Police. This will cover:

-£49m for the Metropolitan Police including funding to cover the

Golden Jubilee costs; (The Met receives a total of£62m from

the overall settlement). Depending on deployment decisions, in the

Met, for example, this could provide for up to 700 new police

officers and 460 community support officers over this financial year.

-£14m for other forces including an extra£2m for Greater Manchester

ensuring an overall total of an additional£5m home office

funding for the Commonwealth Games security;

-£24m for a range of other counter-terrorism measures.

Outlining the spending plans, Mr Blunkett said:

'The budget settlement was excellent news for all those facing the

challenge of street crime and anti- social behaviour together with

those working on counter-terrorism and security measures with£180M

of new government money and£100m from the criminal justice reserve.

By adding to this with other home office money, we are ensuring vital

funds are going to the drive against street crime and terrorism,

while providing for a range of options to tackle young criminals from

tagging and tough community supervision through to custody.

'This extra Budget money provides key investment for the police, with

over£40m available to forces outside London, particularly the street

crime initiative forces. The Met will receive£60m. This means more

officers and greater presence in the community fighting street crime,

throughout the 10 forces taking part in the street crime reduction

programme. At the same time, we are ensuring we have the places for

any 12-16-year-olds who are remanded into secure accommodation as a

result of the powers I announced a few weeks ago.

'I am sure this spending package will enhance the work of our police

officers, and all those involved in the criminal justice system.'

Notes

1/ The allocations of new government money, CJS reserve and home

office current money breaks down as follows:

Policing and counter-terrorism;£87m;£79m from the

Budget settlement and£8m from the home office.

Street crime;£67m;£37m from the budget and£30m from the home office.

Prison;£171m;£141m from the Budget and£30m from the home office.

Juvenile crime;£23m - all from the Budget settlement.

2/ The Metropolitan Police will receive£49m for counter- terrorism

and£13m from the£36m allocated for police operations, making a

total of£62m.

3/£15m of the£49m allocated to the Met for

counter-terrorism is earmarked for community support officers.£5m of the£36m for policing operations under the street

crime initiative is being earmarked for community support officers

outside London. These powers are being legislated for in the Police

Reform Bill.

4/ The other nine forces involved in the street crime initiative will

receive a total of£16m from the£36m.

5/ Greater Manchester Police will receive£5m additional funding for

policing of the Commonwealth Games. This comprises£2m new money on

top of£3m announced last year.

6/ The street crime allocation of£67m includes£7.6m previously

announced to be spent on video ID parades which will be fast-tracked

to the 10 street crime force areas. It also includes£10m for

probation, resettlement and drugs and£13.8m for additional crown

prosecution service and court costs.

7/ Over£40m is allocated to police forces outside the Met. This

comprises£14m for counter-terrorism including the Commonwealth

Games,£16m for policing operations to tackle street crime and£7.3m

for fast-track video ID parades for the nine forces outside London

with the biggest street crime problem.

8/ The spending allocations were announced in response to a

Parliamentary Question from Dr Phyllis Starkey MP (Milton Keynes

South West) today (copy attached).

E.R

Wednesday, 01 May 2002

Written No 9

(30.04.02)

Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary

of State for the Home Department, how he will use the additional

resources allocated to his Department in the Budget Statement.

(53947)

MR BLUNKETT

Working in partnership with colleagues in departments, agencies and

services throughout the criminal justice system, I am taking forward

a major programme of work to reduce crime and deal more effectively

with offenders at every stage of the criminal justice process. The

recent additional allocation of resources will enable us both to

intensify and accelerate existing plans in key areas as well as to

enhance our counter-terrorist response.

In his budget statement, my Rt Hon Friend the Chancellor of the

Exchequer announced the allocation of new resources to the Home

Office of£180 million, including£110 million from the Reserve for

2002/03. He also announced, that we would be drawing down on a

further£100 million from the Criminal Justice Reserve. In addition,

I will be re-prioritising£68 million from existing Home Office

resources. This will make possible substantial new investment in key

Home Office priorities as follows:

£67 million to bring forward and intensify the Street Crime

Initiative which is a targeted programme to reduce street robbery in

the ten metropolitan areas which together account for 82 per cent of

the national total. This comprises:

Police operations and community support officers£36 million Video

Identity parades£7.6 million Probation / re-settlement and drugs£10

million Additional Crown Prosecution Service and courts costs£13.8

million

£194 million for measures to deal with offenders on remand and after

sentence and in particular provide effective measures to tackle

persistent juvenile offending.

2,300 prison places (including 600 for juveniles)£171 million Bail

tagging for juveniles£7.5 million Extending intensive supervision

schemes£6.5 million Local authority secure unit and Secure Training

Centre places£9 million

£87 million to enhance our defences against terrorism including

additional resources for police activity and technical and

operational support for counter-terrorist activity.

Police activity£63 million Technical and operational support£24

million

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