Police Service of Northern Ireland: Finance

(asked on 31st January 2023) - View Source

Question to the Northern Ireland Office:

To ask His Majesty's Government, further to paragraph 17 of Annex A of the New Decade, New Approach Deal, published in January 2020, how much additional resources they have allocated to the Police Service of Northern Ireland since the Deal was agreed.

Answered by
Lord Caine Portrait
Lord Caine
This question was answered on 8th February 2023

Policing is a devolved matter in Northern Ireland and the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s main budget is allocated by the Department of Justice from the Northern Ireland block grant.

The recent Budget that the Secretary of State set for Northern Ireland provides the Northern Ireland Department of Justice with a 3.1% uplift on its 2021-2022 budget with a total allocation of £1.18 billion.

Since 2010, the UK Government has also provided the PSNI with the additional security funding it needs to ensure that it has the resources to tackle the threat from Northern Ireland-related terrorism. This additional security funding ensures PSNI’s ability to tackle the terrorist threat while ensuring day-to-day policing is not compromised. The contribution for the financial year 2022/23 is £32 million. This is the same that has been provided each year since 2015/16. This continued level of Additional Security Funding for the PSNI from the UKG has been confirmed through to 2024/25.

In addition to the direct support to the PSNI through Additional Security Funding, the Government has also committed circa £8 million per year (through the spending review 2021 and New Decade New Approach funding) to the Tackling Paramilitarism Programme to match NI Executive funding until the end of the second phase of the Programme in March 2024. The Programme supports the Paramilitary Crime Task Force, which includes PSNI, the National Crime Agency and His Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.

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