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Police: National Black Police Association

Volume 692: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether government financial support to the Black Police Association has been suspended; if so, for what reason; for what purposes the financial support was given; and what was the annual total of such support. [HL3790]

The National Black Police Association (NBPA) is one of four staff support associations in policing that receive grant-in-aid funding from the Home Office for projects in support of diversity objectives. Funding for the NBPA supports the work of the association, which contributes to the recruitment, retention and progression of minority ethnic officers and staff and to increases in community trust and confidence in the police service.

The NBPA has received the following funding:

1999-2000

£150,000

2000-01

£50,000

2001-02

£70,370

2002-03

£70,370

2003-04

£121,214

2004-05

£108,121

2005-06

£198,083

2006-07

£180,000

Following the initial audit report of the accounts of the National Black Police Association (NBPA) by the Home Office Audit Assurance Unit, the NBPA cabinet was informed on 2 April that, due to inadequate financial controls and the lack of other financial management procedures, its grant and grant-in-aid funding for projects and administration were frozen.

On Thursday 17 May, we received the Home Office auditor's final report on the funding for the National Black Police Association. We will review the report's recommendations and work closely with the NBPA to agree the best process for taking forward the recommendations made.