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Julie James, Minister for Housing and Local Government

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22 January 2020
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I am today laying before the Assembly the Local Government Finance Report (No.2) 2020-21 (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 2020-21. Today’s announcement made by the Home Office  publishes the final Police Grant allocations for policing bodies in England and Wales, to ensure that Police and Crime Commissioners are able to set precepts by 1 March.

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 in previous years, 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 an increase in funding of 7.48% for 2020-21 when compared on a like-for-like basis with 2019-20. 

The figures are summarised in Tables 1 to 3 of this Statement. Total revenue support for Welsh police forces in 2020-21 is £384 million. Of this, the Welsh Government is providing £143.4 million as un-hypothecated Revenue Support Grant and Non‑Domestic Rates. The floor funding is provided by the Home Office. Home Office will continue to provide the pensions grant as specific funding.

The Local Government Finance Report is scheduled for debate in the Assembly on 10 March.

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

https://gov.wales/police-settlement-final-2020-2021

Police Revenue Funding

Table 1: Aggregate External Finance (RSG+NNDR, £m)        
                       
      2016-17   2017-18   2018-19   2019-20   2020-21
Dyfed-Powys     12.895   12.870   13.101   13.355   13.150
Gwent     30.107   30.583   31.083   31.701   31.790
North Wales     21.578   21.907   22.122   22.496   22.614
South Wales     72.177   73.341   74.594   75.848   75.845
Total      136.757   138.700   140.900   143.400   143.400
                       
Table 2: Police Grant and Floor Funding (£m)1            
                       
      2016-17   2017-18   2018-19   2019-20   2020-21
Dyfed-Powys     37.117   36.443   36.212   36.993   40.967
Gwent     42.393   40.904   40.404   41.287   46.660
North Wales     51.167   49.821   49.606   50.738   56.101
South Wales     87.463   84.066   82.812   84.864   96.895
Total      218.140   211.234   209.034   213.882   240.622
                       
Table 3: Total Central Support (£m)            
                       
      2016-17   2017-18   2018-19   2019-20   2020-21
Dyfed-Powys     50.012   49.313   49.313   50.348   54.116
Gwent     72.501   71.487   71.487   72.988   78.451
North Wales     72.745   71.728   71.728   73.234   78.715
South Wales     159.639   157.407   157.407   160.712   172.740
Total      354.897   349.934   349.934   357.282   384.022
                       
                       

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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