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1 Help us to shape our budget for 2013/14 Consultation 13 th December 2012 Keith Thompson Treasurer

2 Policing priorities 2012/13 Tackling anti-social behaviour in partnership Reducing the impact of alcohol abuse on people and communities Protecting vulnerable people from harm

3 Police & Crime Commissioner’s priorities To reduce the impact of Domestic Abuse, particularly violence against women and girls To reduce the impact of Hate Crime To improve engagement with local communities across the Constabulary area

4 Where does the money come from? Budget is financed from a variety of sources In 2012/13 as follows: £m Formula Grant % Police Grant % Council Tax % Total % Formula Grant includes National Non-Domestic Rates and Revenue Support Grant

5 Our 2012/13 budget Estimate 2012/13 £m Police Officer costs74.99 Staff costs26.35 Premises4.28 Transport2.42 Supplies and Services7.88 Agency & Contracted expenses3.94 Capital Financing3.63 Police Authority1.20 less Income6.95 less Contribution from reserves1.66 Net Expenditure116.08

6 2013/14 Budget Considerations Policing priorities The Chief Constable has identified possible reductions amounting to £0.87m Commissioner’s Office savings A further £0.5m is required to balance the budget based on current assumptions The capital programme for 2013/14 and 2014/15 seeks approval for major new works totalling £19m The Commissioner has agreed to avoid using general reserves to balance the budget Government’s Council Tax expectations and Localism Act implications Council Tax options are limited Prospective future loss of damping grant The budget plans have been risk assessed Consultation

7 If the Council Tax is set at 0% increase, further savings of £0.25m will be required in 2013/14 and 2014/15 and £0.50m every year thereafter. A 0% increase will attract a 1% grant from Central Government for the next two years. An increase of 2%, in line with our planning assumptions would add £0.5m to our budget base in 13/14 and every year thereafter. A 2% increase would cost the average household £3.07 per annum, or a little under 6p per week. 2013/14 budget deliberations

8 Key Assumptions in Medium Term Financial Plan Further grant losses in all years of this MTFP period Broadly maintain existing overall workforce numbers through workforce modernisation Precept rise of 2% per annum for the next two years. 1% pay rises in September 2013 and 2014 Police Officer increment freeze to end in March 2014 National cost pressures e.g. fuel, IT Savings expected from vacancy management, National Winsor Review 2, procurement and workforce modernisation

9 Key Assumptions in Medium Term Financial Plan 2012/13 budget spend on track 2013/14 deficit £1.3m 2014/15 deficit £3.5m 2015/16 deficit £2.8m

10 Settlement for 2012/13 This is the third year of the period covered by the 2011/12 – 2014/15 Comprehensive Spending Review The reduction in Central Government Grant over the CSR period amounts to 20% in real terms equivalent to £18.75m

11 Reserves 31/03/11 £m 31/03/12 £m 31/03/13 Forecast £m Earmarked Reserves General Reserves6.067 Total Reserves

12 Forecast Reserves as at 31 st March 2013 Earmarked Reserves£m Capital Modernisation7.951 Support Staff Pensions and Severance1.484 Insurance0.570 Police Officer Pensions0.676 Tactical Training Centre0.128 Police Authority0.231 Training0.150 IT Investment0.250 Total Earmarked Reserves General Reserve TOTAL

13 The Localism Act 2011includes provisions to give residents the power to instigate local referenda to veto excessive Council Tax increases. The Government has provisionally indicated that referenda will be required if local authorities set Council Tax increases compared with 2012/13 that exceed 2%. Restrictions on Council Tax Increases

14 Durham’s current Band D Council Tax is £ and is 8.2% lower than the average for English non- metropolitan Police and Crime Commissioner areas Council Tax Freeze Grant was made available for the last two years to those authorities setting a 0% increase. Year one grant payable until 2014/15 and worth £0.727m per year. Year two grant was payable for 2012/13 only and is worth £0.877m The offer for 2013/14, is worth £0.25m in 2013/14 and 2014/15 only. Precept implications

15 The provisional grant settlement is expected from Government next week. Work is underway with the Force to identify further savings to bridge the £500k budget gap Having considered the savings options and the views from consultation, the PCC hopes to be able to set the precept, subject to the Police and Crime Panel’s deliberations in January What happens next?


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