To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to Written Statement of 31 January 2018 on Police Funding, HCWS439, which refers to an increase in total investment in the police system of up to £450 million including £270 million from increases in the precept, for what reason the press release, entitled Serious Violence Strategy funding: rebuttals and clarifications, of 10 April 2018 refers to a comprehensive settlement that will increase police funding by £460 million for 2018-19 including £280 million drawn from increased precept contributions.
My statement setting out the police funding settlement on 31 January estimated the increase in precept income for 2018/19 at around £270m. The estimate assumed that all Police & Crime Commissioners would use their precept flexibility and that Council Tax base would increase in line with forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility. On 28 March, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published statistics on what Council Tax precept will actually raise this year. Based on MHCLG’s figures, we expect total precept income will increase by just over £280m with total investment increasing by around £460m in 2018/18. Updated force level funding increases are set out at the fact sheet available at https://homeofficemedia.blog.gov.uk/2018/03/29/factsheet-police-funding-for-2018-19-explained/