Acceptance of Crime and Disorder Grants

Reference code: 
DMPCD 2016 52
Date signed: 
17 March 2016
Authorisation name: 
Stephen Greenhalgh (past staff), Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime

Executive summary

This report is requesting approval, in accordance with the MOPAC Scheme of Delegation and Consent, for a temporary delegation to the MPS Director of Finance and Commercial and the MOPAC COO for the acceptance of crime and disorder grants which may be offered to MOPAC. The delegation is proposed and will only be applied when it is consistent with the Police and Crime Plan and not accepting the grant would result in MOPAC not meeting its statutory requirement to “secure the maintenance of the Metropolitan Police Service, and secure that the Metropolitan Police is efficient and effective.”

Recommendation

The DMPC is asked to approve a temporary delegation set out in paragraph 2.2.

Non-confidential facts and advice to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC)

1. Introduction and background

1.1. On an ad-hoc basis MOPAC/MPS is offered crime and disorder grants. As per the Scheme of Delegation and Consent, where these are consistent with the MOPAC Police and Crime Plan, they are presented to DMPC for decision as to whether to accept or not.

1.2. This paper proposes temporary arrangements for the management of the acceptance of these grants. 

2. Issues for consideration

2.1. The Scheme of Delegation and Consent para 4.8 states that the DMPC approves 
Bids for grant funding made and all offers made of grant funding; and/or where appropriate a strategy for grant giving.

2.2. In order to manage any potential grants which may be offered during the pre and immediate post-election periods it is proposed that the MPS Director of Finance and Commercial and the MOPAC COO are delegated the authority to only accept grants which are consistent with the MOPAC Police and Crime Plan up to the values set out below.
MPS Director of Finance and Commercial – upto £50,000
MOPAC COO – above £50,000

2.3. This temporary delegation will apply until a new DMPC is confirmed in office.

3. Financial Comments

3.1. Acceptance of proposed crime and disorder grants will enable MOPAC/MPS to provide new or additional functions or services, and to mitigate the costs of these.

4. Legal Comments

4.1. Section 6 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 (“the Act”) provides the MOPAC must secure the maintenance of the Metropolitan Police Service, and secure that the Metropolitan Police is efficient and effective.

4.2. In carrying out its functions, the MOPAC may, under paragraph 7, Schedule 3 of “the Act “do anything which is calculated to facilitate, or is conducive or incidental to, the exercise of the functions of the Office”.  This includes, entering into contracts and other agreements, in addition to acquiring and disposing of property (including land). 

5. Equality Comments

5.1. There are no direct equality implications arising from this proposal. 

6. Background/supporting papers