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Written Statement - Final Police Settlement 2016-17

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Details of the funding provided through the annual settlement for police forces in Wales 2016-17.
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Leighton Andrews, Minister for Public Services

Further to my announcement of the Revised Police Settlement in February, I am today laying the Local Government Finance Report (No 2) 2016-17 Final Settlement – Police and Crime Commissioners. This sets out the Welsh Government’s component of the Final Police Settlement for police forces in Wales for 2016-17.  This follows the completion of the budget scrutiny process and the publication of the Final Budget for Wales.

Police Forces in Wales are funded through joint arrangements with the Home Office via a common needs-based formula.  As announced in the Revised Police Settlement, the Home Office has overlaid its needs-based formula with a floor mechanism.  Under these arrangements, every police force in England and Wales will see a percentage reduction of 0.6% in its general grant funding for 2016-17 when compared with 2015-16.

The figures are summarised in Tables 1 to 3 of this Statement.  Total revenue support for Welsh police forces in 2016-17 is £355 million.  Of this, the Welsh Government is providing £136.8 million as Unhypothecated Revenue Support Grant and Non-Domestic Rates.  The figures are unchanged from the Provisional Settlement.  The Report is scheduled for debate in the Assembly on 9 March.

The information is also published on the Welsh Government’s website.

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