Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner

The Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner (MPCC) has a statutory duty to ensure an efficient and effective police service is delivered by the Chief Constable on behalf of the public. Similarly I have a responsibility to produce an annual budget, including setting the council tax precept requirement for the Police Service on Merseyside. The council tax precept requirement provides the balance of funding not covered by government grant and is raised entirely and only for the police service.  

Setting the budget is never an easy task, but this year was particularly challenging. While the government recognised the need for additional resources for policing, they once again failed to provide it. Instead, they made it clear that local people should be asked to contribute more. I therefore had no choice other than to ask the public to support an increase in the police precept. I am pleased that over 75% of those who responded to my budget consultation did so.

Consequently, with the help of the Chief Constable I have been able to set a balanced budget for 2018/19. In doing so the Chief Constable has identified savings of £7.0m, I have had to raise the precept by the maximum allowable, resulting in an additional £4.4m of precept income, and I plan to utilise £0.6m of reserves. In council tax terms the new precept is £118.65 per property per year at Band A and £177.97 at Band D, an increase of £8.00 and £12.00 respectively on the 2017/18 levels.

The Chief Constable has had to reduce the number of budgeted police officer posts by 111 compared to 2017/18. If I had not increased the precept by the maximum allowable the Chief Constable would have been forced to cut a further 87 Police Officer posts, a potential total loss of 198 police posts.

Despite balancing the budget in 2018/19 there still remains a very significant financial and policing challenge for the Police Service in the years ahead. Consequently, I am working closely with the Chief Constable to continuously review activity across all areas of police business, ensuring Merseyside has the most resilient and effective force possible within the budget available to us.

Rt Hon Jane Kennedy
Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside

Police and Crime Commissioner Budget

2017/18   2018/19  
£m   £m  
315.792 Gross Expenditure 320.544  
(1.811) Income (2.655)  
(5.541) Specific Government Grants (4.637)  
308.440 Net Operating Expenditure  313.252  
(0.150)     Contribution from Reserves         (0.150)  
308.290 Net Budget Requirement 313.102  
(120.756) Less: Police General Grant (120.756) 38.6%
(111.263) DCLG Formula Funding (111.263) 35.5%
(14.103) Local Council Tax Support Grant (14.103) 4.5%
(1.538) Legacy Council Tax Freeze Grant (1.538) 0.5%
(0.795) Collection Fund Surplus (0.479) 0.2%
(59.835) Council Tax Requirement (64.963) 20.7%
360,517 Tax Base 365,022  
£165.97 Band D Equivalent £177.97  
£3.17 Increase in Band D Equivalent £12.00 7.23%

Why Has the Gross Expenditure Changed?

Gross Expenditure 2017/18 315.792
Net Committed Growth 2.366
Recruitment of 20 Additional Firearms Officer 1.300
Pay and Prices Inflation 5.406
Cost of 1% non-consolidated 2017 pay award 2.700
Removal of Previous Years One-off Commitments (1.789)
One-off Commitments for 2018/19 1.785
Merseyside Police Savings (7.016)
Gross Expenditure 2018/19 320.544

Why has the Council Tax Requirement Changed?

Council Tax Requirement 2017/18 59.835
Increase in Tax base 0.748
Increase in Band D Equivalent 4.380
Council Tax Requirement 2018/19 64.963

Last Updated on 12 March 2018