Mark Drakeford, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government
Today, I am publishing proposals for the Welsh Government component of funding to Police and Crime Commissioners in Wales for 2017-18. 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 component of police funding provision is based on a principle of ensuring consistency and fairness across England and Wales.
As in recent years, the Home Office has again decided to overlay its needs-based formula with a floor mechanism. This ensures all police forces in England and Wales can expect to receive the same percentage reduction of 1.4% for 2017-18 when compared on a like-for-like basis with 2016-17.
The total support for police forces in Wales will be £349.9 million. Within this, I propose to set the Welsh Government’s contribution to police funding for 2017 18 at £138.7 million. Today’s announcement marks the start of a consultation period which will end on 19 January 2017. Following this, allocations may be revised for the Final Settlement.