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Alun Davies AM, Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services

First published:
13 December 2018
Last updated:

This was published under the 2016 to 2021 administration of the Welsh Government

Today, I am publishing proposals for the Welsh Government component of funding to Police and Crime Commissioners in Wales for 2019-20. 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 3-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 an increase in funding of 2.1% for 2019-20 when compared on a like-for-like basis with 2018-19.

The total support for police forces in Wales will be £357.3 million. Within this, I propose to set the Welsh Government’s contribution to police funding for 2019‑20 at £143.4 million. Today’s announcement marks the start of a consultation period which will end on 10 January 2019. Following this, allocations may be revised for the Final Settlement.

Responsibility for policing is not currently devolved. Welsh Government continues to believe in, and to make the case for, devolution of this important public service. The UK Government’s policy of austerity has imposed significant cash and real terms cuts to police funding over the last 9 years. The overall funding provided for this Settlement does nothing to reverse years of under provision to enable police forces to maintain current levels of service and will require the Police and Crime Commissioners in Wales to make difficult choices in setting the level of their council tax precept. This will have a disproportionate impact on those council tax payers who will find it increasingly difficult to pay their bills. While decisions on the distribution of funding between police force areas is one for the Home Office, I believe that police forces in Wales will be disappointed that the proposed Settlement neither supports policing in rural areas nor takes account of the additional responsibilities which policing the capital city for Wales entails.

I continue to believe that devolution of policing to the Welsh Government is a necessary next step.

Police Revenue Funding

Table 1: Aggregate external finance (RSG+NNDR, £m)

  2016 to 2017 2017 to 2018 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020
Dyfed-Powys 12.895 12.870 13.101 13.355
Gwent 30.107 30.583 31.083 31.701
North Wales 21.578 21.907 22.122 22.496
South Wales 72.177 73.341 74.594 75.848
Total 136.757 138.700 140.900 143.400

Table 2: Police grant and floor funding (£m)*

  2016 to 2017 2017 to 2018 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020
Dyfed-Powys 37.117 36.443 36.212 36.993
Gwent 42.393 40.904 40.404 41.287
North Wales 51.167 49.821 49.606 50.738
South Wales 87.463 84.066 82.812 84.864
Total 218.140 211.234 209.034 213.882

* 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.

Table 3: Total central support (£m)

  2016 to 2017 2017 to 2018 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020
Dyfed-Powys 50.012 49.313 49.313 50.348
Gwent 72.501 71.487 71.487 72.988
North Wales 72.745 71.728 71.728 73.234
South Wales 159.639 157.407 157.407 160.712
Total 354.897 349.934 349.934 357.282