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Police: Finance

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect of changes in the level of crime on the police funding formula in each of the last 10 years. (195644)

The police funding formula uses a range of data relating to demographic and social characteristics, which are heavily weighted by changes in population, to allocate grant and reflect the relative needs of each police authority.

Changes in the level of crime are not factored into the police funding formula when calculating grant allocations per se, as to do so, would create perverse incentives for police authorities and forces.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces in England and Wales are receiving funding (a) above the formula funding level, (b) at the formula funding level and (c) below the formula funding level in 2007-08; and if she will make a statement. (195692)

The information requested is set out in the following table.

The damping mechanism exists to protect all authorities against financial instability and ensures all authorities receive an increase in grant at least equal to the “floor” level on a like-for-like basis year-on-year.

For the three years of the comprehensive spending review we have set the funding floor at 2.5 per cent. This will mean that each police authority in England and Wales is guaranteed an increase of at least that amount in each of the next three years while enabling us to move towards fuller implementation of the needs based funding formula.

Police grant floors 2007-08

£ million

2007-08 allocation

Police authority

Before floors and ceilings1,2

After floors and ceilings2,3

Amount gained or lost

English shire forces

Avon and Somerset

179.8

167.9

-11.9

Bedfordshire

70.6

66.4

-4.3

Cambridgeshire

79.2

76.5

-2.7

Cheshire

109.1

114.8

5.7

Cleveland

91.2

93

1.8

Cumbria

52.2

64

11.8

Derbyshire

111.5

105.8

-5.7

Devon and Cornwall

175.6

177.5

1.9

Dorset

60.9

62.2

1.3

Durham

82

87

5.0

Essex

169.4

168.5

-0.9

Gloucestershire

55.9

56.5

0.6

Hampshire

198.6

197.3

-1.3

Hertfordshire

119

114.4

-4.6

Humberside

117.7

122

4.3

Kent

182.1

182.6

0.5

Lancashire

192.1

193.7

1.6

Leicestershire

114.5

111.5

-3.0

Lincolnshire

62

60.5

-1.6

Norfolk

79.8

83.4

3.6

North Yorkshire

66.2

73

6.8

Northamptonshire

71.1

71.7

0.6

Nottinghamshire

137.6

132.5

-5.1

Staffordshire

114.5

114.3

-0.3

Suffolk

65.4

67.6

2.2

Surrey

95.7

97

1.3

Sussex

154.9

161.7

6.8

Thames Valley

234

225.9

-8.1

Warwickshire

53.1

51.5

-1.7

West Mercia

107.1

116

8.9

Wiltshire

60.2

62

1.8

Greater Manchester

446.2

432.7

-13.6

Merseyside

255.7

253.8

-1.8

Northumbria

209.2

238

28.8

South Yorkshire

193

194.3

1.2

West Midlands

498.3

450.2

-48.1

West Yorkshire

332.6

317.6

-15.1

GLA—police

1,850.6

1,883.7

33.1

Welsh forces

Dyfed-Powys

47.3

51.8

4.5

Gwent

75.5

78.7

3.2

North Wales

67.7

76.3

8.6

South Wales

175.6

172.2

-3.4

1 Rounded to the nearest £100,000. Grant as calculated using the Police Funding Formula for 2004-05. This includes the Metropolitan Police special payment.

2 Figures for the City of London are excluded because these are allocated to the Common Council of the City of London as a whole in respect of all its functions. The City of London is grouped with education authorities for floors and ceilings purposes.

3 Rounded to the nearest £100,000. Grant as calculated under the Local Government Finance Report (England) and Local Government Finance Report (Wales). This includes the Metropolitan Police special payment, and the effects of floors and ceilings.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how changes in population are taken into account when calculating the total resource allocation formula for police forces. (195703)

The police funding formula uses a range of data relating to demographic and social characteristics, which are heavily weighted by changes in population, to allocate grant and reflect the relative needs of each police authority.

When calculating formula grant allocations, the best information available at the time that treats all authorities on a consistent basis is used. Population data is provided by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).