Given the volatile state of UK politics, it is unclear whether the government will be around to deliver on its spending plans announced today, but if it is, then government departments will get a £13.8 billion real term increase in day-to-day spending to deliver on the public’s priorities.
There is little specific mention of cyber-security, but the pervasive nature of the threat, impacting all government departments, suggests that with more money to spend overall, there will be a boost to security expenditure.
Included in his spending plans, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid announced £400 million to train and teach more than a million 16 to 19-year olds in "the skills they need for well-paid jobs in the modern economy." The NHS gets a cash increase of £33.9 billion a year by 2023-24 compared to 2018-19 budgets, including over £2 billion of new capital funding, and there is £2.2 billion in additional funding for the UK’s Armed Forces.
But the most explictly cyber-relevant statements came around crime-fighting, where Javid said: "As Home Secretary, I saw first-hand how the demands on our police forces are changing and increasing. Yes – traditional crime is down by a third since 2010….The internet is changing how criminals operate and break the law," before announcing a 6.3 percent real terms increase in Home Office spending. This includes £750 million to fund the first year of plans to recruit 20,000 new police officers, with an extra £45 million this year so that recruitment can start immediately, getting the first 2,000 officers in place by the end of March.
Javid also noted how Serious and Organised Crime is the most deadly national security threat faced by the UK, costing the nation at least £37 billion each year, and acknowldedged: "The scale and complexity of this threat means we need to do more to develop our response. So I’m announcing today a formal review to identify the powers, capabilities, governance and funding needed, ahead of the full Spending Review next year."
In addition £30 million of new funding was announced to tackle online child sexual exploitation.
To back up the fight against crime he also announced a five percent real terms increase in the resource budget for the Ministry of Justice……an increase in capital budget to £620 million next year…and an extra £80 million for the Crown Prosecution Service, in addition to funding to begin delivery of 10,000 new prison places.