£160 million on counter terror funding next year

As part of his Budget announcement, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced that the government will spend an extra £160 million on counter terror policing next year.

It was recently revealed that Scotland Yard and the security services are running a record high of more than 700 live investigations into suspected terrorists. The new funding seeks to ensure that authorities can keep pace with the spiralling problem.

The spending pledge is set to be the equivalent of 1,000 extra officers.

He said: "Nobody should be in any doubt, on this side of the House we are proud of our Armed Forces and we will always back them with the investment to keep them safe."

Additionally, the Chancellor said that £1 billion to be given to the Ministry of Defence to cover the remainder of this year and next to boost 'cyber capabilities' and improve 'anti-submarine warfare capacity'.

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