Neil presses for increased police and prison funding

Neil O’Brien, MP for Harborough, Oadby and Wigston has made the case for increased funding for the police, with Chancellor Philip Hammond and the Policing Minister Nick Hurd.

In his written representations to both, Neil cited his support for an increase in funding which would pay for the increased contributions needed to fund police pensions, following the recent revaluation, and also provide a general increase in funding for the police.

Neil’s representations come ahead of this year’s forthcoming Police Funding Settlement and next year’s Spending Review, when new budgets for all government departments will be set for several years to come.

Neil said, “I’m keen for the Chancellor to view this as one of his very highest priorities. It’s something that residents and businesses in my constituency have raised with me, and I share their view that law and order needs to be at the heart of the government’s future plans.

I have strong working relationships with officers across the constituency and recently met new Police Commander Siobhan Gorman in Market Harborough, who has made an excellent start to her time in the area with some important arrests already being made.

We do also need to invest in our prisons so that criminals serve the sentences they deserve and our jails can be orderly, safe places where we can actually turn people around.”