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Police: Pensions

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the budget of each police force was used to fund pension payments in each of the last 10 years. (254503)

The following table gives the proportion of the budget requirement of each police force used to fund pension payments for the first two completed years under the current system of police pensions financing, 2006-07 and 2007-08. The information given for pensions expenditure, both as a figure and as a percentage of the total budget requirement, consists in each case of the employer contributions made in that year. The current system of police pensions financing was introduced in April 2006, whereby each police authority pays employer and officer contributions into a separate account out of which pensions are paid. Where the income into the police authority pensions account from contributions (plus other payments such as inward transfer values) is insufficient to meet the cost of pensions payment, it is topped up by Home Office grant.

2006-072007-08

Police force

Budget requirement

Pensions expenditure (audited)

Budget requirement

Pensions expenditure (unaudited)

£

£

1Percentage

£

£

1Percentage

Avon and Somerset

236,729,347

26,609,044

11.2

248,854,304

27,126,840

10.9

Bedfordshire

87,335,239

9,209,851

10.5

91,229,000

9,343,132

10.2

Cambridgeshire

110,474,455

11,253,797

10.2

116,008,248

11,345,978

9.8

Cheshire

150,305,000

17,097,000

11.4

157,408,000

17,516,000

11.1

Cleveland

114,975,143

13,156,000

11.4

119,736,908

13,397,000

11.2

City of London

61,206,000

7,555,521

12.3

62,859,000

7,680,183

12.2

Cumbria

90,328,000

9,866,236

10.9

94,029,437

10,095,624

10.7

Derbyshire

145,328,989

15,828,665

10.9

151,564,335

16,321,000

10.8

Devon and Cornwall

246,273,836

27,233,304

11.1

256,803,556

27,958,857

10.9

Dorset

103,055,700

11,725,000

11.4

107,800,000

11,994,000

11.1

Durham

102,583,311

13,414,600

13.1

112,325,160

13,463,100

12.0

Dyfed-Powys

79,892,792

9,574,720

12.0

83,635,989

9,801,996

11.7

Essex

231,985,273

24,944,081

10.8

242,220,179

25,820,000

10.7

Gloucestershire

91,489,400

10,204,573

11.2

95,658,895

10,518,392

11.0

Greater Manchester

503,504,176

61,560,000

12.2

524,128,336

63,300,000

12.1

Gwent

106,054,899

11,508,000

10.9

110,674,143

11,825,000

10.7

Hampshire

269,722,000

28,504,000

10.6

281,925,000

29,655,000

10.5

Hertfordshire

164,225,494

16,114,049

9.8

171,441,072

16,606,894

9.7

Humberside

158,052,928

17,727,481

11.2

164,900,977

18,417,532

11.2

Kent

247,311,000

27,951,117

11.3

257,912,389

28,494,901

11.0

Lancashire

239,533,000

27,749,876

11.6

252,645,000

28,560,673

11.3

Leicestershire

148,270,715

17,331,000

11.7

154,705,856

17,627,000

11.4

Lincolnshire

86,492,378

9,438,985

10.9

90,405,764

9,566,292

10.6

Merseyside

296,426,757

34,293,000

11.6

307,320,130

35,447,000

11.5

Metropolitan

2,425,700,000

254,779,000

10.5

2,532,700,000

262,972,000

10.4

Norfolk

124,672,108

12,502,876

10.0

131,334,638

12,766,800

9.7

Northamptonshire

105,398,000

10,285,737

9.8

110,306,000

10,269,638

9.3

Northumbria

260,475,000

31,863,617

12.2

270,145,176

32,325,376

12.0

North Wales

118,675,632

12,600,000

10.6

124,801,733

12,798,000

10.3

North Yorkshire

122,894,000

12,914,908

10.5

127,634,283

13,083,486

10.3

Nottinghamshire

170,490,070

19,629,000

11.5

177,621,598

19,731,000

11.1

South Wales

222,649,897

25,907,998

11.6

232,098915

26,293,895

11.3

South Yorkshire

230,581,818

25,878,574

11.2

239,624,966

26,283,993

11.0

Staffordshire

164,024,687

18,053,000

11.0

170,861,799

18,543,000

10.9

Suffolk

97,352,382

10,259,000

10.5

101,851,694

10,626,000

10.4

Surrey

172,396,784

14,973,000

8.7

180,592,560

14,683,000

8.1

Sussex

227,247,669

24,036,000

10.6

237,148,000

24,285,000

10.2

Thames Valley

329,137,246

32,224,009

9.8

344,367,127

32,493,512

9.4

Warwickshire

76,560,000

8,198,000

10.7

80,078,926

8,566,000

10.7

West Mercia

176,766,000

18,669,970

10.6

184,296,580

19,374,440

10.5

West Midlands

501,612,139

61,669,907

12.3

521,750,000

63,441,000

12.2

West Yorkshire

380,196,015

43,343,502

11.4

396,047,439

44,519,836

11.2

Wiltshire

91,633,000

9,722,178

10.6

96,022,839

9,915,593

10.3

1 Pensions expenditure as a percentage of the total budget requirement.

Figures for the years before 2006-07 relate to the previous pay-as-you-go system of financing, under which police pensions were paid out of forces' operating accounts. Information about the level of pensions expenditure net of officer contributions is included in the annual reports published by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). This information is gathered independently of the Home Office.