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Lincolnshire Police gets £250k to enforce stricter lockdown

Greater Lincolnshire councils will also get money

Lincolnshire Police will receive almost £250,000 to help enforce stricter lockdown rules during the coronavirus crisis.

The government put out £60 million surge funding for police forces and local councils. This includes extra dedicated staff such as COVID-19 marshals who will be employed by councils.

Of that, £30 million goes to police forces across the country to increase patrols in town centres and enforce compliance with the new restrictions.

Police will also have to support councils and NHS Test & Trace to enforce self-isolation requirements.

Lincolnshire Police will get £249,521 and their colleagues in Humberside, covering North and North East Lincolnshire, will receive £483,570.

District councils will also have to increase their compliance work and enforcement checks on businesses. This is how much each council is receiving for that:

  • Lincoln – £58,022
  • Boston – £36,613
  • North Kesteven – £43,347
  • South Kesteven – £55,366
  • West Lindsey £46,233
  • East Lindsey – £88,304
  • South Holland – £43,214
  • North East Lincolnshire – £99.729
  • North Lincolnshire – £88,191

Lincolnshire districts alone will receive a total of £371,099.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “The vast majority of the British public has come together, followed the law and helped prevent the spread of this virus.

“But we’ve been clear that, with infections rising, we will not allow a small minority of people to reverse our hard-won progress.

“This extra funding will strengthen the police’s role in enforcing the law and make sure that those who jeopardise public health face the consequences.”

Local Government Secretary and Newark MP Robert Jenrick said: “Councils play a crucial role in protecting people’s safety, supporting businesses and helping the public to better understand the guidance.

“This new funding will ensure they can step this up further and continue to act proactively.”

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