Police: Finance

Home Department written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of David Ruffley David Ruffley Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

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.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Minister of State (Security, Counter-terrorism, Crime and Policing), Home Office

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 ceilings( 1,2) After floors and ceilings( 2,3) 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.

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