Statement from the Chairman regarding extra government police funding
In response to the Met’s successful application for special grant funding to the Home Office, the Chairman of the London Assembly, Tony Arbour AM said;
“The London Assembly has pushed for further funding for the Met ever since the London Bridge terrorist attacks and the tragedy of Grenfell.
“Last year, Members asked me to write to the Home Secretary to highlight the need for the special grant, after the Assembly unanimously agreed a motion asking me to do so.
“Also, in October last year, our Budget and Performance Committee recommended that the Mayor should petition the Home Office to change Police Special Grant criteria, so that the Met can be reimbursed for extraordinary events such as the London Bridge terror attack or the Grenfell fire.
“Our persistence has paid off and I wholeheartedly congratulate the Met for its success in securing this additional one-off funding.
“Londoners should be pleased to see the government has taken the special needs of the capital into account on this occasion.”
Notes to editors
- Tony Arbour AM, Chairman of the London Assembly, is available for interview – see contact details below.
- As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.
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