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Julie James MS, Minister for Housing and Local Government

First published:
17 December 2020
Last updated:

Today, I am publishing proposals for the Welsh Government’s component of funding to Police and Crime Commissioners in Wales for 2021-22. These include the provisional allocations of core revenue funding for each of the four Police and Crime Commissioners in Wales.

Whilst policing policy is not devolved, funding for the Welsh police forces is delivered through a three-way arrangement involving the Home Office, the Welsh Government and council tax.

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’s 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 6.3% for 2021-22 when compared on a like-for-like basis with 2020-21.

The total support for police forces in Wales will be £408.2 million. Within this, I propose to set the Welsh Government’s contribution to police funding for 2021-22 at £143.4 million. The floor funding is provided by the Home Office. The figures are summarised in Tables 1 to 3 of this Statement. Today’s announcement marks the start of a consultation period which will end on 14 January 2021. Following this, allocations may be revised for the Final Settlement.

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

https://gov.wales/police-settlement-provisional-2021-2022

Police Revenue Funding

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

 

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

2021-22

Dyfed-Powys

12.870

13.101

13.355

13.150

13.030

Gwent

30.583

31.083

31.701

31.790

31.857

North Wales

21.907

22.122

22.496

22.614

22.523

South Wales

73.341

74.594

75.848

75.845

75.989

Total

138.700

140.900

143.400

143.400

143.400

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

 

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

2021-22

Dyfed-Powys

36.443

36.212

36.993

40.967

44.497

Gwent

40.904

40.404

41.287

46.660

51.539

North Wales

49.821

49.606

50.738

56.101

61.153

South Wales

84.066

82.812

84.864

96.895

107.639

Total

211.234

209.034

213.882

240.622

264.828

Table 3: Total Central Support (£m)

 

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

2021-22

Dyfed-Powys

49.313

49.313

50.348

54.116

57.528

Gwent

71.487

71.487

72.988

78.451

83.396

North Wales

71.728

71.728

73.234

78.715

83.677

South Wales

157.407

157.407

160.712

172.740

183.629

Total

349.934

349.934

357.282

384.022

408.228

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.