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Commissioner gets to work on budget figures

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping received the proposed details of the Government's grant allocations for his first budget today (19 December). 

The announcement confirmed the anticipated position for the coming year, following the Home Secretary's pledge to protect the funding for policing in 2013-14. This means that the total grant available to the Commissioner for policing in the next financial year is £137.5M - a reduction of £3.5M on 2012-13.

This reduction is as a result of the comprehensive spending review announced in 2010 whereby, over a four year period, the overall grant is being cut by 20 per cent.

Mr Tipping said that while the cuts were expected they were neither fair nor equitable in comparison with funds received in other counties.

He remains confident, however, that he will be able balance his budget and fulfil his pledge of employing more police officers and PCSOs.

The figures show the provisional settlement of grant for 2013, which will be confirmed early in 2013. Indicative figures for 2014-15 are expected shortly.

Now that he has the sums to hand, the Commissioner can begin to finalise his first budget in the New Year along with allocating resources across the county.

Mr Tipping commented: "Although the cuts are no surprise, we are still losing out on grant money to the tune of £13.5m that we should actually receive. This money goes into other Commissioners' funds whose needs - even by the Home Office's own calculations - are significantly less than ours."

In addition to the police grant, a separate allocation has been made for 2013-14 in relation to the Community Safety Grant of £2.8M. Commissioners have a broader remit than pure policing and the Community Safety Fund has been established to help Commissioners invest in their local priorities for tackling crime, drugs and community safety issues.

This grant, which is the culmination of several smaller grants previously paid by the Home Office directly to local authorities to support crime reduction and victim support, will be rolled into the main Police and Crime Grant for 2014-15, to make a single funding stream for policing and community safety.

This year's grant, now managed by the Police and Crime Commissioner for the first time, is a reduction on the total paid by the Home Office in 2012-13. It means that Mr Tipping will now decide on how this money is spent, taking into consideration the impact it may have on projects currently being provided.

However before he can move on with setting a local precept an issue has been identified with the council tax base which is being explored further with the billing authorities, the DCLG and the Home Office.

Posted on Wednesday 19th December 2012
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