My Rt Hon Friend, the Home Secretary, has today laid before the House, the Police Grant Report (England and Wales) 2017/18 (HC 944). Copies are available in the Vote Office. The Report sets out, my Rt Hon Friend, the Home Secretary’s determination for 2017/18 of the aggregate amount of grant that she proposes to pay under section 46(2) of the Police Act 1996, and the amount to be paid to the Greater London Authority for the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime.
The allocations that have been laid before the House today are as set out in my Statement of 15 December. This reflects the fact that the Government is committed to protecting the public. The Government will provide the resources necessary for the police to do their critical work, and prioritise finishing the job of police reform by enabling the police to transform so they can tackle changing crime, deal with previously hidden crimes and protect the vulnerable.
Following the principles set out on the 4 February 2016 when setting out the final police funding settlement for 2016/17 [HCWS510] direct resource funding for each PCC, including precept, will be protected at flat cash levels compared to 2015/16, assuming that precept income is increased to the maximum amount available in both 2016/17 and 2017/18. No PCC who chooses to maximise precept in both years will face a reduction in cash funding next year compared to 2015/16. We have updated our precept forecasts for 2017/18 since February to reflect actual tax base increases in 2016/17.
I will continue to allocate specific funding for Counter Terrorism Policing to ensure that critical national counter-terrorism capabilities are maintained. We have allocated £633m Resource funding and £42m Capital funding to support counter-terrorism policing in 2017/18. In addition a further £32m will be provided for armed policing from the Police Transformation Fund in 2017/18. Police and Crime Commissioners will receive full counter-terrorism funding allocations imminently. For security reasons these allocations will not be available in the public domain.
This Statement also includes details of other funding streams that the Home Office, the Department of Communities and Local Government and the Welsh Government intend to provide to the police in 2017/18.
I have set out in a separate document (attached) the tables illustrating how we propose to allocate the police funding settlement between the different funding streams and between Local Policing Bodies for 2017/18. These documents are intended to be read together.
As set out in the Provisional Police Grant Report in December I still intend to allocate the majority of capital funding directly to Local Policing Bodies.
This statement has also been made in the House of Lords