Non-confidential facts and advice to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC)
1. Introduction and background
1.1. The Police (Property) Act 1897 and the Police (Property) Regulations 1997 enable the surplus from the sale of certain property and cash coming into the possession of police to be used, under paragraph 6(4)(C) of the Regulations, for charitable purposes. The cash and surplus from sale of property is paid into the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF)
1.2. The gross income paid into the PPAF in 2013/14 was £1.7m and in 2014/15 was £2.8m. MOPAC are using this to fund a number of projects in support of the 2013/16 Police and Crime Plan.
2. Issues for consideration
2.1. The Act allows for costs incurred in the storage and disposal of the property and the administration to be deducted from the fund.
2.2. A decision was taken that a notional charge of £200k would be applied each year as at the time full
costs would have depleted the fund.
3. Financial Comments
3.1. With gross income now averaging £1.6m per annum the MPS are seeking approval to fully charge the costs to the fund.
3.2. The full costs incurred by the MPS for the storage and disposal and administration of the fund totals
£800k per annum. The paper requests that full costs are applied to PPAF from 2015/16.
3.3. The cost of maintaining the PPAF will be reviewed annually with the aim of reducing costs from 2016/17.
4. Legal Comments
4.1. The recommendations set out in this report seek approval for monies within the MOPAC Police Property Act Fund to be used to offset costs of maintain ing the fund.
4.2. On the basis of the information provided, the Directorate of Legal Services supports the recommendations and for the report to proceed.
4.3. Full details are contained in the supporting paper.
5. Equality Comments
5.1. Any surplus costs after disbursement of administrative costs are intended to be used for charitable purposes. This money, whilst the responsibility of the DMPC to distribute, can be used across the community or support a wide range of diverse activities including those that would have a positive direct or indirect impact on crime and disorder.