Police: Reserve Forces

Home Office written question – answered on 20th September 2017.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of police forces whose reserves are below the National Audit Office recommended level; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Minister of State, Home Department

The National Audit Office do not set a recommended level of reserves for police forces. The level of reserves is a matter for individual Police and Crime Commissioners, who have a legal duty to set balanced annual budgets and ensure they have adequate reserves.

The latest available audited financial statements from March 2016 showed that PCCs held around £1.8bn in resource reserves (up from £1.4bn in 2011) and every PCC held the equivalent of at least 6% of their annual direct resource funding in reserves.

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