Finance, Budget and Accounts
It is the responsibility of the Durham Police, Crime and Victims' Commissioner (PCVC) to secure an efficient and effective police force for the area. This includes setting the budget for the police force. allocating funds and assets to the Chief Constable and setting the police council tax precept.
The Government only provides around 75% of the funding necessary to run the force, and the rest is raised through part of Council Tax, known as the Policing Precept.
All information about the finance for the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner can be found here.
The majority of the grant and other funding allocated to the Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner (PCVC) is allocated to the Chief Constable in order for him to maintain an effective police force. It is used to fund salaries, allowances, pension commitments and operational running costs. Capital expenditure will also be incurred and used to invest in assets such as land, buildings, information technology, vehicles and equipment.
How is the budget set?
The PCVC and the Chief Constable share a responsibility to provide effective financial and budget planning for the short, medium and longer term. Each year, in consultation with the Chief Constable, the PCVC is required to set a budget for the forthcoming year and to agree a medium term financial strategy that takes account of funding and spending plans for both revenue and capital. The budget report can be found here.
The resources which the Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner (PCVC) has available, have become increasingly constrained over the past few years. The medium term financial plan sets out how the PCVC and and Chief Constable plan to use those resources, over the period to 2022. The medium term financial plan is aligned to the Police, Crime and Vicitms' Plan and takes account of affordability, risk, use of reserves and the Prudential Code for Capital Finance in Local Authorities.
The majority of police funding is received through government grants that are issued by the Home Office. In addition to this, PCCs have been established as precepting authorities and can raise additional funding by setting a precept. This is charged to local householders as an element of Council Tax. Like the rest of Council Tax, how much residents pay depends upon the value of their home.
To view the current information on Council Tax including the current Council Tax Leaflet, please click here.
Statutory Accounts and Annual Governance Statement
Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables are required under the Accounts and Audit Regulations to produce individual and group Statement of Accounts annually. Police and Crime Commissioners Statement of Accounts will include the group position and until the statements are audited they will remain draft and subject to amendment.
Year end March 2019
Audit and Further Budgetary Information
A copy of the Annual Investment Strategy can be found here of the elected local policing body.