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Alun Davies, Cabinet Secretary for Local Government & Public Services

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31 January 2018
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Further to my announcement of the Provisional Police Settlement in December, I am today laying before the Assembly the Local Government Finance Report (No.2) 2018-19 (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 2018-19. It follows the completion of the consultation on the Provisional Settlement, and today’s announcement made by the Home Office on the final Police Grant allocations for policing bodies in England and Wales.

A common needs-based formula, operated by the Home Office, is used to distribute funding across English and Welsh police forces, and the approach to setting and distributing the Welsh Government component of police funding provision is based on a principle of ensuring consistency and fairness across England and Wales.  

As announced in the Provisional Police Settlement, the Home Office has overlaid its needs-based formula with a floor mechanism.  This ensures all police forces in England and Wales can expect to receive a cash flat settlement for 2018-19 when compared on a like-for-like basis with 2017-18.  

The figures are summarised in Tables 1 to 3 of this Statement, and are unchanged from the Provisional Settlement. Total revenue support for Welsh police forces in 2018-19 is £349.9 million. Of this, the Welsh Government is providing £140.9 million as unhypothecated Revenue Support Grant and Non Domestic Rates.

The Local Government Finance Report is scheduled for debate in the Assembly on 13 February.

This information is also published on the Welsh Government’s website at:

http://gov.wales/topics/localgovernment/finandfunding/policesettlement/police-settlement-2018-19/?lang=en
 

Police Revenue Funding

Table 1: Aggregate External Finance (RSG+NNDR, £m)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015-16

 

2016-17

 

2017-18

 

2018-19

Dyfed-Powys

 

12.788

 

12.895

 

12.870

 

13.101

Gwent

 

29.696

 

30.107

 

30.583

 

31.083

North Wales

 

21.308

 

21.578

 

21.907

 

22.122

South Wales

 

71.218

 

72.177

 

73.341

 

74.594

Total

 

135.010

 

136.757

 

138.700

 

140.900

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table 2: Police Grant and Floor Funding (£m)1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015-16

 

2016-17

 

2017-18

 

2018-19

Dyfed-Powys

 

37.511

 

37.117

 

36.443

 

36.212

Gwent

 

43.220

 

42.393

 

40.904

 

40.404

North Wales

 

51.854

 

51.167

 

49.821

 

49.606

South Wales

 

89.338

 

87.463

 

84.066

 

82.812

Total

 

221.923

 

218.140

 

211.234

 

209.034

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table 3: Total Central Support (£m)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015-16

 

2016-17

 

2017-18

 

2018-19

Dyfed-Powys

 

50.299

 

50.012

 

49.313

 

49.313

Gwent

 

72.917

 

72.501

 

71.487

 

71.487

North Wales

 

73.162

 

72.745

 

71.728

 

71.728

South Wales

 

160.555

 

159.639

 

157.407

 

157.407

Total

 

356.933

 

354.897

 

349.934

 

349.934

 Notes:
1 This is the amount of police grant set out in section 3 of the Police Grant Report which includes the allocation under 'Principal Formula' and 'Add Rule 1' (columns a and b) plus the amount 'floor funding' that the Home Office has made available.

 

 

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