Police: Finance

Home Department written question – answered on 23rd July 2007.

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Photo of Tom Levitt Tom Levitt Labour, High Peak

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the timetable is for the full implementation of the agreed police funding formula without floors and ceilings.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Minister of State, Home Office

Grant floors are an integral part of the local government finance system. A damping mechanism is applied to police formula grant allocations to protect all police authorities against financial instability and to ensure they all receive an increase in grant at least equal to the 'floor' level on a like-for-like basis year-on-year.

Any movement towards full implementation of the funding formula will depend on the overall amount of grant available for distribution. Decisions on police grant for 2008-09 to 2010-11 will be taken in the autumn.

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