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Police: Eastern Region

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding has been allocated to the police per head of population in (a) Suffolk and (b) the East of England for 2007-08. (150542)

The Government do not distribute grant to police authorities purely on the basis of population. The police funding formula uses a range of data relating to demographic and social characteristics to reflect the relative needs of each authority. Grant allocations also take into account the relative tax base of each authority. Grant allocations are stabilised by damping to limit year-on-year variations.

The information requested is set out in the following table.

Police authority

Total grants 2007-081 (£ million)

Resident Population mid-20052 (million)

Funding per head of population 2007-08 (£)

Bedfordshire

79.04

0.58

136.28

Cambridgeshire

88.86

0.75

118.48

Essex

202.06

1.65

122.46

Hertfordshire

130.57

1.05

124.35

Norfolk

107.12

0.82

130.63

Suffolk

83.20

0.69

120.58

Total East England

690.85

5.54

124.70

Total England

8,884.81

50.42

176.22

1 Total grants comprise: Home Office Police Grant, DCLG Revenue Support Grant and National Non-Domestic Rates; Special Formula grant, Specific Grants: Crime Fighting Fund, Neighbourhood Policing Fund, Basic Command Unit Fund, Community Support Officer Funding, Pension Deficit Grant and Dedicated Security Post funding and Capital provision (including the increased capital allocations announced on 24 May and 19 June 2007).

2 Population Data sourced by the Office for National Statistics from the mid-2005 population estimates.