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Police Restructuring

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

Following the decision to abandon plans for police force mergers in the immediate future, I agreed in principle to provide police authorities with assistance towards the additional costs incurred through the preparatory work they had carried out. The Home Office invited claims for the marginal costs incurred and these have now been received from all authorities. The Metropolitan Police Service and City of London Police have claimed no additional costs.

In deciding how best to contribute towards these claims, consideration has been given to the need to treat all forces fairly given the wide disparity in the amounts claimed. Other factors included:

the affordability of the total amount of money to be paid out;

where costs have been incurred by individual forces or authorities on behalf of others;

specific advice given to individual police forces and police authorities to make financial commitments, including an undertaking to provide additional funds to support the work of the pilot strategic force merger of Lancashire and Cumbria Constabularies.

An upper limit of £100,000 has been applied to the amount to be paid to any single police authority, in line with these considerations. Exceptions to this upper limit are:

Lancashire and Cumbria Police Authorities, because their claims include Joint Programme Office commitments undertaken on specific advice from the Home Office who also undertook to meet the exceptional start-up costs associated with the pioneer status of this merger group;

Lincolnshire Police Authority, because their claim includes premises costs on behalf of their merger group incurred on specific advice from the Home Office;

Dorset Police Authority, because their claim is made on behalf of the 5 South-West region forces and authorities (Avon and Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire).

No reimbursement for opportunity costs is being made.

The table below provides the figures for amounts claimed and the award of payments to be made in respect of those claims on this basis.

Forces and Authorities will be notified of the amounts allocated to them and asked to provide a confirmation that the amounts claimed have been stated in accordance with the terms of the original invitation.

Police Authority

Amount Sought

Payment to be made

Bedfordshire

£23,430

£23,430

Cambridgeshire

£242,714

£100,000

Cheshire

£339,767

£100,000

City

-

-

Cleveland

£189,986

£100,000

Cumbria

£271,000

£271,00 0

Derbyshire

£58,469

£35,782*

Dorset (for the 5 SW forces)

£140,836

£140,836

Durham

£67,155

£67,155

Dyfed-Powys

£225,891

£100,000

Essex

£169,870

£100,000

GMP

£75,810

£75,810

Gwent

£96,467

£96,467

Hampshire

£11,495

£11,495

Hertfordshire

£144,327

£100,000

Humberside

£119,730

£100,000

Kent

£152,042

£100,000

Lancashire

£725,000

£725,000

Leicestershire

£37,232

£37,232

Lincolnshire

£287,600

£287,600

Merseyside

£266,357

£100,000

Metropolitan

-

-

Norfolk

£135,729

£100,000

North Wales

£245,020

£100,000

North Yorkshire

£167,808

£100,000

Northamptonshire

£85,800

£85,800

Northumbria

£38,021

£38,021

Nottinghamshire

£46,200

£46,200

South Wales

£326,944

£100,000

South Yorkshire

£30,652

£30,652

Staffordshire

£56,317

£56,317

Suffolk

£45,483

£45,483

Surrey

£649,311

£100,000

Sussex

£519,879

£100,000

Thames Valley

£33,860

£33,860

Warwickshire

£174,608

£100,000

West Mercia

£89,061

£89,061

West Midlands

£117,591

£100,000

West Yorkshire

£104,569

£100,000

Total

£6,512,030

£3,997,200

*Legal costs of judicial review proceedings will not be met by the Home Office.