Metropolitan Police

Home Department written question – answered on 13 June 2005.

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Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding per head of population the Metropolitan Police Service received in each year since 1995 from (a) central funds and (b) precept; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Hazel Blears Hazel Blears Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing, Security and Community Safety), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

The information is set out in the table.

Government funding for police authorities is chiefly allocated using a funding formula that distributes resources on the basis of relative policing need. The formula is currently being reviewed to ensure it remains up to date. Funding is not, and never has been, distributed on a per capita basis.

Government grant funding(40) per head of population(41) Precept(42) per head of population(41)
1995–96 209.48 20.72
1996–97 209.63 21.46
1997–98 211.79 24.26
1998–99 212.42 29.38
1999–2000 213.96 31.69
2000–01 227.70 34.56
2001–02 243.70 44.59
2002–03 261.46 49.04
2003–04 282.32 61.80
2004–05 286.29 70.95
2005–06(43) 300.33 75.95

(40)Government funding includes general grant (Home Office police grant, ODPM Revenue Support Grant, National Non Domestic Rates and SSA Reduction Grant). It also includes specific grants: Crime Fighting Fund, Basic Command Unit funding, community support officer funding (including, for 2004–05 and 2005–06, round one of the Neighbourhood Policing Fund), Airwave, DNA Expansion Programme, Counter Terrorism funding, Street Crime Initiative, Special Priority Payments and capital grants.

The Home Office also funds free travel for MPS officers and 75 per cent. of the cost of the London allowance for all qualifying officers. .These figures are not included within the totals.

(41)Source for resident population figures: Office of the Deputy Prime Minister as used in the calculation of the police funding settlements.

(42)Source for precept information: Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

(43)Estimates for 2005–06.

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