Julie James MS, Minister for Housing and Local Government
I am today laying before the Senedd the Local Government Finance Report (No.2) 2021-22 (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 2021-22. 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 6.3% for 2021-22 when compared on a like-for-like basis with 2020-21.
The figures are summarised in Tables 1 to 3 of this Statement. Total revenue support for Welsh police forces in 2021-22 is £408 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.
The Local Government Finance Report (No.2) 2021-22 is scheduled for debate in the Senedd on 9 March.