Government hands police £50million funding boost to tackle UK terrorism

The Chancellor and the Home Secretary have agreed on extras cash to boost intelligence and surveillance capabilities and pay for armed officers to patrol city centres

Home Secretary Amber Rudd secured the rise in next year’s police counter-terror budget to at least £757million after convincing Chancellor Philip Hammond more money is needed to protect the public.

Labour claims cuts are putting national security at risk.

Since 2015 the Government has increased counter-terror spending by 30 per cent.

It includes more armed officers plus an extra £500million for the SAS, MI5 and GCHQ listening centre.
Ms Rudd told The Sun on Sunday: “This represents our commitment to backing the brave counter-terrorism forces with the resources they need to keep people safe.”

MI5 and cops have foiled nine potential outrages since March’s Westminster attack.

But a suicide bomber was able to kill 22, including kids, at the Manchester Arena in May.

And a gang left eight dead at London Bridge in June before cops shot them dead.

Mr Hammond decided not to scrimp on security despite the public finances squeeze.

Ms Rudd secured her cash after days of “quiet diplomacy” with the Chancellor.



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