Annual police budget

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The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner has responsibility for the police budget, which comprises a combination of central government grants and money from the local police precept. (The police precept is the amount raised from local people via their Council Tax.)

Outside of the policing precept, by far the most significant amount of funding received is from central government, which is in turn determined by a complex funding formula.

In 2021/22 the gross budget requirement is £182.5m.

Funding for the police

2020/21 2021/22
Funding from Government £74.4m £79.1m
Council tax precept – your contribution £81.1m £81.9m
Council tax grants £7.9m £9.0m
Specific grants £5.9m £5.2m
Fees, Charges and Partnerships £8.0m £7.3m
Total funding £177.2m £182.5m

Police budget breakdown

2020/21 2021/22
Police officers £85.3m £87.1m
Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) £7.6m £7.7m
Police staff £37.0m £37.9m
Policing priorities fund £3.5m
Buildings and transport £6.9m £7.0m
Supplies and services £23.7m £23.1m
Other spend * £12.0m £18.5m
Office of the PFCC £1.2m £1.2m
Total spending plan £177.2m £182.5m

* This includes Community Safety Funding and Commissioned Services, Police Officer Medical and Injury Pensions, Cost of Capital and Use of Reserves.

Updated – 07 April 2021