Rebecca Evans MS, Minister for Finance and Local Government
Today, I am publishing proposals for the Welsh Government’s component of funding to Police and Crime Commissioners in Wales for 2023-24. These include the provisional allocations of core revenue funding for each of the four Police and Crime Commissioners in Wales.
Policing policy is not devolved and funding for the four Welsh police forces is delivered through a three-way arrangement involving the Home Office, the Welsh Government and council tax. For 2023-2024 the total core support for police forces in Wales will be £433.9 million.
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 core funding of 0.3% for 2023-24.
As a result I propose to set the Welsh Government’s contribution to police funding for 2023-24 at £113.47 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 13 January 2023. Following this, allocations may be revised for the Final Settlement.