UK raises bud­get to coun­tert­er­ror­ism


The UK agen­cies re­spon­si­ble for fight­ing ter­ror­ism — MI6, MI5, and Govern­ment Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Head­quar­ters (GCHQ) — will see a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in their com­bined £1.9 bil­lion bud­get, an in­di­ca­tion of the David Cameron Govern­ment’s con­cern about the grow­ing ter­ror­ism threat the United King­dom.

Ge­orge Os­borne, Chan­cel­lor of the Ex­che­quer, an­nounced the govern­ment’s spend­ing plans for the 2015-16 fis­cal year. In ad­di­tion to in­creas­ing the bud­get of the in­tel­li­gence ser­vices, the bud­get also shows that po­lice spend­ing on counter-ter­ror­ism will be pro­tected and will rise in line with in­fla­tion.

Os­borne and the Prime Min­is­ter Cameron have said the agen­cies need more re­sources to tackle the grow­ing ter­ror­ist threat from sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa and Syria, and the ris­ing prob­lem posed by cyber ter­ror­ism.

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