MOPAC/MPS Financial Performance Quarter 3 2016/17

Reference code: 
PCD 163
Date signed: 
08 March 2017
Authorisation name: 
Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, Policing and Crime

Executive summary

This report sets out the current forecast revenue financial position of MOPAC/MPS, an underspend of £11.8m, representing 0.5% of the net budget.  The paper includes a series of proposed budget and reserve movements, and the forecast capital position of £195m. Progress on planned savings is set out.


That the DMPC

  1. Approves the revenue budget movements set out in paragraphs 2.1-2.3
  2. Approves the reduction in the forecast use of reserves as set out in paragraphs 2.2-2.3
  3. Notes the forecast 2016/17 revenue financial position of a £11.8m underspend (which takes account of the above proposed budget movements and use of reserves)
  4. Notes the forecast 2016/17 capital financial position of £195m spend
  5. Notes the progress on planned savings, and the actions MPS propose to mitigate the risks

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

1.    Introduction and background

1.1    As part of MOPAC’s and MPS corporate governance arrangements regular monthly and in-depth quarterly monitoring processes are in place to track spend against budget and the achievement of planned savings and income targets.

1.2    In line with the Scheme of Delegation and Consent the DMPC is responsible for the approval of all MPS proposed budget movements and virements in excess of £500,000 which are highlighted on a monthly basis as part of the monthly budget monitoring report, and approval of all transfers to and from reserves.

2.    Issues for consideration

Budget Movements

2.1.    The MPS has submitted a detailed schedule of proposed revenue budget movements building on the budget approved by the Mayor in February 2016 and previous approvals.  The detail is set out in Appendix 4 of the attached annex.

2.2.    In summary these relate to changes to: 

•    improved management reporting and updates to assumptions made in the original budget,
•    reflect changes to grant income and the related expenditure in relation to Operation Elter and additional income from the Home Office. There is no net effect on the budget, and 
•    reduction in the use of reserves, specifically a reassessment of the firearms uplift, which has resulted in £13.7m of spend being moved to 2017/18. 

2.3.    Specifically, in relation to the proposed reduction in the use of reserves of £13.1m the impact is set out below.  



















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2.4.    The MPS are in the process of revising the capital programme as part of the 2017/18-20/21 budget submission, which will amend the 2016/17 and future years’ capital budgets to reflect the latest forecast for 2016/17.  Currently the 2016/17 forecast is to spend £195m, some £92m less than the proposed budget (£287m).

Forecast Reporting 

2.5.    Taking account of the proposed reduced use of reserves and revenue budget movements above, the MPS are forecasting a net £11.8m underspend for 2016/17.  Appendix 1 of the attached sets out the year to date and forecast position by budget and explains the major forecast variances which in summary are:

•    Shortfall in planned savings – there are significant planned savings of £126.9m included in the 2016/17 budget and the forecast is showing a shortfall against this target of £45.5m (36%).  Of the £45.5m the MPS consider £36.7m to have structural delivery problems and may impact also on the delivery of savings in future years.  Of the remaining £8.8m, the savings are expected to be delivered but not in the anticipated timescales. A significant element of shortfall within structural delivery is £26.9m for Digital Policing (DP) and £9.8m of other savings.  
•    Officer pay – there is a forecast underspend of £38.3m, of which £6m relates to posts which were expected to be externally funded. There is an offsetting forecast under-recovery of income, leaving a net underspend of £32.8m. 
•    Staff pay – the net forecast underspend of £25.2m, of which £8.5m relates to posts which were expected to be externally funded. There is an offsetting forecast under-recovery of income, leaving a net underspend £16.7m. The majority of the internally funded underspend relates to vacancies mainly in Territorial Policing (TP). Within TP some of the forecast underspend is due to under strength positions within Criminal Justice, such as Dedicated Detention Officers. 
•    Police Officer overtime – a net forecast overspend of £18.6m. 
•    Police staff overtime – a net forecast overspend of £2.3m has increased from Quarter Two  and primarily relates to reductions in police staff pay forecasts this quarter in TP and cover for vacancies. 
•    Digital Policing (DP) – forecast overspend of £30.3m an increase of £6m from Quarter 2. There is a high risk DP will be unable to meet their planned savings target for this year. DP is also planning to use £24m worth of reserves.
•    The firearms uplift programme envisaged expenditure on firearm ranges and the development of other training facilities.  As the detailed requirements have been finalised expenditure is now scheduled for 2017 18.  This funding has been deferred in the reserves

2.6.    The original capital programme for 2016/17 was approved at a value of £265m.  The latest forecast is against a revised budget of £287m with spend of £195m and underspend of £92m.  A comprehensive review is being undertaken of the capital programme areas as part of the annual joint MPS/MOPAC budget scrutiny process. A revised plan for 2016/17 and 2017/18 has been prepared.  

3.    Financial Comments

3.1.    As this is a financial report the financial implications are contained within the body of the report.

4.    Legal Comments

4.1.    Under section 3 (6) of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility 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. 

4.2.    MOPAC/MPS as statutory bodies must only budget for activities that fall within its statutory powers. Under the Scheme of Delegation and Consent the DMPC must approve any budget movement for £500,000 or above.  Under Financial Regulations all decisions in relation to the transfer in and out of reserves will be made by the DMPC.

5.    Equality Comments

5.1.    Equality and diversity implications have been considered and there are no negative impacts identified from the proposals.

6.    Background/supporting papers

6.1.    Annex 1 MPS Financial Performance Report for Quarter 3 

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