Setting the Kent Police budget
The PCC is responsible for the Kent Police budget of £409.3 for 2021/22. He uses this money to make Kent a safer place to live and work. This sum takes into account predicted savings of £6.5 million.
As taxpayers, you have a right to see how he spends your money.
|Central government grants||236.5|
|Council Tax Precept (2021/22)||139.7|
|Estimated council tax deficit (2019/20)||(-1.5)|
|Locally generated income||28.1|
|Kent Police staff and officers' pay||312.4|
|Kent Police staff and officers' overtime||7.9|
|Transport (incl insurance)||9.1|
|Other non-pay costs including IT, supplies etc||51.7|
|Grants and victim services awarded by the PCC||4.2|
|Costs of the OPCC||1.4|
|Gross police and community safety spending||409.3|
Council tax precept
The PCC is responsible for setting the police part of the council tax bill, known as the police precept.
Following consultation with the public and local partners, the PCC's proposal to set the precept for 2021/22 at £218.15 for an average (Band D) property was approved at a meeting of the Kent and Medway Police and Crime Panel on 4 February 2021. This is an increase of £15, or 7.4%, on the 2020/21 precept.
Our council tax leaflet outlines how your money is spent.
The reserves is the savings that the Police and Crime Commissioner has 'in the bank' to support the annual budget, fund investment in transformational projects and to use when necessary to mitigate against any financial risks. There is no defined minimum level of reserves that PCCs must hold.
In Kent the PCC, with advice from the Chief Finance Officer and taking into account local and national circumstances, has agreed that a general non-earmarked reserve of 3% of the net budget (around £10million) is maintained for unforeseeable events - such as Operation Stack, large public order incidents, major investigations and civil incidents like flooding.
Read the OPCC's Reserves Strategy and summary of the current reserves position.
See details of our Treasury Management strategy and the Statements of Accounts below.
2020/21 Statement of Accounts
The external audit of the draft statement of accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021 has not yet been completed by our external auditors, EY LLP, as additional time is required to give due consideration to a number of key issues that have been identified during the audit and to enable them to complete all of their planned procedures. This situation is allowed for by Regulation 10, paragraph (2a) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015. (See attached link: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/234/regulation/10/made ). Therefore, this notification explains, as per paragraph (2a), that we are not yet able to publish our audited 2020/21 final statement of accounts in line with deadline of 30th September 2021, as per paragraph (1). The Joint Audit Committee will consider the results of the 2020/21 audit in due course, after which we will publish the final audited accounts.
- Chief Constable unaudited Statement of Accounts Sept 2020-2021.
- Kent Group Unaudited Statement of Accounts - Sept 2020-21
Other financial documents 2020/21:
2019/20 Statement of Accounts
- Joint Annual Audit Letter 2019
- Group audited Statement of Accounts 2019
- Differences explained between Draft and Final accounts 2019
- Chief Constable audited Statement of Accounts 2019
- Group audited Statement of Accounts 2020
- Chief Constable audited Statement of Accounts 2020
- 2019/2020 Accounts - Notice of Conclusion
- Changes to Financial Reporting Deadlines for 2019-20
Ernst and Young LLP were appointed as the External Auditor for both the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable of Kent Police in 2018/19 financial year. This is for a period of five years.
The PCC and Chief Constable have taken the decision to opt in to the 'appointing person' arrangements made by Public Sector Audit Appointments (PSAA). An arrangement that offered a number of advantages over undertaking a separate procurement exercise.
PSAA were specified as the 'appointing person' under the provisions of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. This meant that PSAA would make auditor appointments to relevant principal local government bodies that chose to opt into the national appointment arrangements.
The consultation on proposed appointments closed on 22 September 2017. As part of the process the PCC and Chief Constable were asked to confirm their satisfaction with Ernst & Young LLP as External Auditor from 2018/19, which it did. Formal notification of the appointment was received from PSAA on 18 December 2017.