'The Government has demanded police forces increase the amount of funding they take from council tax to fight rising crime and terror.
While awarding millions of pounds to counter-terror police, priority areas and "transformation" funding, the Home Office claimed £270m for day-to-day costs could be drawn from existing grants and the policing precept.
Critics condemned the move as a "stealth council tax rise" intended to hide the Govenrment's failure to raise budgets in real terms.
Nick Hurd, the policing minister, insisted the money could be used alongside continued “efficiencies” and reserves to ensure forces have the resources they need.
“I have listened to Police and Crime Commissioners, chief constables and frontline officers,” he told the House of Commons. “It is clear that there is a shifting pattern of demand on police.”
Crimes recorded by police have risen by 13 per cent in a year, including a surge in acid attacks, stabbings, sexual offences and cyber crime.
Mr Hurd said there was also a rising number of victims coming forward to report “hidden crimes” such as domestic abuse, modern slavery and child sexual exploitation.
“Public safety is our number one priority and we have responded swiftly to evidence of a shift in demand on forces,” he added.'
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