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Police: Grants

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what grants were provided to (a) the Crime Reduction partnership in Carlisle, (b) Carlisle city council and (c) Cumbria county council for safety and policing in each year since 2003-04. (149625)

Grant allocations made to Carlisle city council and subsequently to Cumbria county council and available to the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership in each year since 2003-04 are set out in the following table.

£

Building Safer Communities and ASB Co-ordinators Grant (paid to Carlisle city council)

Safer and Stronger Communities Fund (paid to Cumbria county council)

2003-04

145,401

2004-05

158,166

2005-06

832,100

2006-07

832,100

2007-08

3,721,584

These figures reflect the fact that the Building Safer Communities Fund and Anti-Social Behaviour Co-ordinators Grant was pooled within the Safer and Stronger Communities Fund in 2005-06 along with the Drugs Strategy Partnership Support Grant. This pooling was an initial step in the development of Local Area Agreements (LAAs) and saw partnership funding paid to Unitary and Upper Tier Authorities. Cumbria, an Upper Tier Authority, received funding that was originally allocated to Allerdale, Copeland, Barrow, Carlisle, Eden and South Lakeland CDRPs.

The 2007-08 figures are not directly comparable with previous years because the pooled budget now includes a larger number of funding streams. Cumbria county council and its partners are now able to use this grant flexibly to deliver a wide range of outcomes, including reductions in crime, anti social behaviour and the harms caused by drugs.

The figures exclude any funding allocated to the CDRP that has been targeted at specific initiatives, such as the Street Crime Initiative and the Tackling Violent Crime Programme, and any discretionary allocations made by the Regional Director. Data on those funding allocations are not held centrally, or would be available only at disproportionate cost.