Non-confidential facts and advice to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC)
1. Introduction and background
1.1. This MOPAC budget submission forms part of the annual process to develop the overall GLA Group budget. The DMPC has been delegated the authority to make the annual budget submission to the Mayor of London in line with the agreed Budget Timetable.
2. Issues for consideration
2.1.1. The MOPAC priorities are set out in the published Police and Crime Plan and provide the framework for the proposed budget set out in the attached document.
2.2. Robustness of Budget
2.2.1. The MOPAC Chief Finance Officer has provided assurance as to the robustness of the estimates proposed and the adequacy of the proposed financial reserves. The proposals made in the attached submission will result in a level of general reserves of 1.5% over the four years.
2.2.2. Earmarked reserves are forecast to fall 72% from 2018-19 to 2022-23. The MOPAC Chief Finance Officer’s judgement is that the use of earmarked reserves is reasonable and appropriately planned to support the MPS in delivering a very significant transformation programme over this period and providing stability in the officer workforce during this time.
2.2.3. A suite of annexes in the submission provides further detail on budget pressures, savings and prudential indicators.
3. Financial Comments
3.1. This is a financial report and the details are set out in the body of the report.
4. Legal Comments
4.1. MOPAC is subject to the budget setting requirements of the Greater London Authority Act 1999, as amended. As set out above the proposed budget submission reflects the Mayor’s guidance.
4.2. Further to the creation of the MOPAC, pursuant to section 6 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 (“the Act”), MOPAC must issue a police and crime plan within the financial year in which each ordinary election is held, which is underway and on schedule for completion before the end of March.
4.3. Under section 3 (6) of the Act, MOPAC is under a duty to secure the maintenance of an efficient and effective police force. Under paragraph 7 of schedule 3 of the 2011 Act MOPAC may do anything which is calculated to facilitate, or is conductive or incidental to, the exercise of its functions. Under section 79 of the Act, MOPAC must have regard to the Policing Protocol when exercising its functions. The Policing Protocol provides that PCCs (including MOPAC) as recipient of all funding, must determine how this money is spent. In London, this is also to be read within the context of the GLA Act 1999, and the Mayor’s budget setting requirements.
4.4. MOPAC/MPS as statutory bodies must only budget for activities that fall within its statutory powers. Further, the Commissioner must ensure that good value for money is obtained in exercising functions, which includes securing that persons under his direction or control obtain good value for money in exercising their functions. Any future proposals for a reduction in staff/officer posts must comply fully with employment law and People Services and the Directorate of Legal Services at the MPS, as appropriate, will need to be engaged to ensure compliance with any statutory or regulatory requirements in relation to any redundancy or redeployment matters.
4.5. Paragraph 4.7 of the MOPAC Scheme of Consent and Delegation sets out that the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime must approve “The MOPAC/MPS (MOPAC Group) revenue and capital budget for submission to the Mayor of London”.
5. Commercial Issues
5.1. There are no direct commercial issues arising from this report. Where commercial issues are applicable in the operation of services, developing new initiatives and generating savings to deliver this budget, these will be considered as part of the MOPAC/MPS governance processes.
6. GDPR/Data Privacy
6.1. There are no direct GDPR/data privacy issues arising from this report as it does not use personally identifiable data of members of the public. In the delivery of the Police and Crime Plan and this budget where GDPR or data privacy issues are applicable these are considered as part of the MOPAC/MPS governance processes.
7. Equality Comments
7.1. Throughout the planning process Business Groups conduct detailed Equality Impact assessments against strategies, plans, policies and programmes being developed, to identify benefits and mitigate any adverse impacts. Activities, with focus on significant change programmes, are therefore developed to reflect MOPAC and MPS’s commitment to equality and diversity issues.