To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes he is considering to the police funding formula to enable more resources from central government to be made available to Essex Police.
28 June 2018
We have made clear that the issue of the funding formula will be looked at again at the next Spending Review. This provides police leaders with the financial certainty that they need to plan for 2019/20
Before making decisions on the 2018/19 police funding settlement, I spoke to every police force in England and Wales to understand how demands on them were changing. This year, police funding is increasing by £460m including a £280m increase in funding for police forces from precept.
The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex used the flexibility to increase precept and his direct resource funding is increasing by £8.8m this year to £275.9 million. He has set out plans to use the increase in funding to support local policing, including recruiting additional frontline police officers.