The £800 million questions for the Met

30 June 2015

This meeting took place on 1 July 2015. Read the transcript for the first section here, the second section here and the third section here.

How will the Metropolitan Police find £800 million of savings over the next few years?

The Metropolitan Police is developing a programme which could lead to some "back-office" services – including finance, HR and procurement – being contracted out to external providers. But what are the potential consequences?

The London Assembly Budget and Performance Committee is currently looking at the plans – and will tomorrow question the Met directly.

In the first part of the meeting, Members will discuss a recent report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) and the National Audit Office (NAO) into private sector partnering in the police service, and the NAO’s report into financial sustainability of police forces in England and Wales, with the following:

Louise Bladen, Director – Home Affairs Value for Money, NAO

Joshua Reddaway, Director – Contracting and Commercial, NAO

From 3pm, the Committee will hear from the following guests on how to create savings in the Met’s back office:

Lynda McMullan, Director of Commercial and Finance, Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Lee Tribe, Director of Procurement Services, MPS

Helen Bailey, Chief Operating Officer, Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC)

Annabel Cowell, Head of Strategic Finance and Resource Management, MOPAC.

The meeting will take place tomorrow, Wednesday 1 July from 2.15pm in the Chamber, City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend. The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Notes for Editors:

The agenda and committee papers are available here.

John Biggs AM, Chair of the Budget and Performance Committee is available for interview. See contact details below.

As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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