My rt hon Friend the Minister of State for Policing, Crime and Criminal Justice and Victims (Mike Penning) has today made the following Written Ministerial Statement:
Today I have launched a consultation on reform of the current arrangements for allocating central Government funding to the 43 police force areas in England and Wales.
Police reform is working. Over the last five years, frontline services have been protected, public confidence in the police has gone up and crime has fallen by more than a quarter since 2010, according to the independent Crime Survey for England and Wales.
However, if we want policing in this country to be the best it can be, then we must reform further, and that includes putting police funding on a long-term, sustainable footing.
The current model for allocating police funding, the Police Allocation Formula (PAF), is complex, opaque and out of date. Following a comprehensive review of the PAF by the Home Office, the Government believes that the formula should be replaced by a simplified model as soon as it is appropriate to do so. This consultation seeks views on the principles underpinning this model, including around transitional arrangements with a view to implementation for the 2016/17 financial year.
A copy of this consultation will be placed in the House Library. It will also be available on the Home Office website: www.gov.uk .
This statement has also been made in the House of Commons