Andrew took part in questions to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government earlier today to raise awareness of the Safe and Sound grant scheme, which has been funded by both North Lincolnshire Council and East Riding Council.
You can read Andrew’s question and the Minister, Luke Hall’s, reply below. You can also read the full question period online here.
Andrew Percy (Brigg and Goole) (Con)
It is with great regret that Humberside’s Labour police and crime commissioner allowed Winterton police station to close. In contrast to that, Conservative-run North Lincolnshire and East Riding of Yorkshire Councils have funded a very innovative safe and sound grant to help elderly residents to stay safe in their home with free security. Is not the real challenge that simply not enough councils and police forces are working closely enough together to share resources, and will the Minister do more to ensure that they do?
I thank my hon. Friend for that question. He raises a really important point about the need for councils and police forces to work together. I commend the work that his Conservative police and crime commissioner is doing, and I highlight the Government’s commitment to recruit 20,000 police officers across our country, with 6,000 police officers being recruited in the next year.