This report is prepared by the Secretary of State for the Home Department (‘the Home Secretary’) under section 46(3) of the Police Act 1996. It is laid before the House of Commons under section 46(6) of the 1996 Act. It applies to England and Wales.
This report sets out the Home Secretary’s determination for 2013/14, made under section 46(2) of the 1996 Act, of the aggregate amount of grants for police purposes that she proposes to pay under section 46 and the amount of grant she proposes to pay each local policing body under the same section. The aggregate amount of grants for police purpose comprises the Home Office Police Core Settlement and DCLG Formula Funding (further details at section 1.5 below). This determination has been approved by the Treasury as required by section 46(2) of the 1996 Act.
The report also states the considerations which the Home Secretary took into account in making her determination.
In determining the allocation among local policing bodies of the whole or any part of the aggregate amount of grants for police purposes, the Home Secretary may, under section 46(4) of the 1996 Act, exercise her discretion in applying such formulae or other rules as she considers appropriate. This report sets out the formula that she proposes to apply to the Police Main Grant element of the Police Core Settlement in 2013/14 as well as referencing separate documentation which sets out the formula she proposes to apply to the DCLG Formula Funding.
Grant funding which in previous years has been paid to local policing bodies by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government under section 78A of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 through the Local Government Finance Report (England), will in 2013/14 be paid to local policing bodies by the Home Secretary under section 46 of the Police Act 1996 and is therefore included in this Report. This is as a result of the government’s decision that local policing bodies should be funded from outside the business rates retention scheme.
This report does not set out the totality of central government funding to local policing bodies in England and Wales. It does not cover police grant for capital purposes made under section 47(1) of the 1996 Act, police grant for the safeguarding of national security made under section 48(1) of the 1996 Act, or police grant made for any other specific purpose. Neither does it cover grants paid to local policing bodies in Wales by the Welsh Government.