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Police Forces' Funding 'Should Not Be Capped'

Magazine article Public Finance

Police Forces' Funding 'Should Not Be Capped'

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Police authorities should not continue to be subject to the council tax capping regime, MPs have said.

A report published this week by the Commons home affairs select committee also recommended a review of the national police grant allocation system. Through this system, half of forces receive less money than the nominal funding formula entitles them to.

A number of police authorities have had their budgets capped in recent years after proposing precept increases of more than 5%.

Committee chair Keith Vaz said: 'Forces need more say in raising their own funding. They are, after all, providing a local service at local level and are best placed to determine where and what resources are needed.'

The committee praised police forces for their commitment to maintain frontline services, but also urged them to 'radically rethink' the way they provide back-office functions. …

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