Government’s new police funding formula flawed

The Home Office’s new funding formula for policing has been described as “fundamentally flawed” by Police and Crime Commissioner, Jane Kennedy. The formula was supposed to address the ‘complex and opaque’ way in which central government funding is allocated to different forces.

PwC, which is reported to have analysed the formula for West Midlands Police, the Metropolitan Police, Greater Manchester Police, Merseyside Police and West Yorkshire Police concluded that the model used by the Home Office was unlikely to measure police needs “robustly” and had “limited transparency”.

Under the proposals Lancashire Police could lose £25m – 14 per cent of its annual budget, and the Met Police could lose £183m or 11.8 per cent of its budget. If the process isn’t halted, Kennedy said, the forces will consider mounting a legal challenge to protect police services.

Read more – Police chiefs spend thousands investigating budget cuts The Independent

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