The PCC is responsible for the Kent Police budget of £353.2m for 2019/20. He uses this money to make Kent a safer place to live and work and, as taxpayers, you have a right to see how he spends it.

At-a-glance: Where does the police budget come from?

Source £m
Central government grants   206.0
Council tax precept (2019/20) 121.9
Estimated council tax surplus (2018/19) 1.2
Locally generated income 20.6
One-off contribution from PCC's reserves 3.6
Savings made by Kent Police 9.7
Total financing 362.9

At-a-glance: How is that money spent?

Expenditure £m
Kent Police staff and officers' pay 288.1
Kent Police staff and officers' overtime 6.1
Premises 21.1
Transport (incl insurance) 7.4
Other non-pay costs including IT, supplies etc 34.7
Grants and victim services awarded by the PCC 4.2
Costs of the OPCC 1.3
Gross police and community safety spending 362.9

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 2019/20 at £193.15 for an average (Band D) property was approved at a meeting of the Kent and Medway Police and Crime Panel on 6 February 2019. This is an increase of £2 a month, or 14.2%, on the 2018/19 precept.

The PCC acknowleged in his subsequent response to the Panel's report that the increase, aligned with a requirement on Kent Police to make £9.7m of savings, will enable the Chief Constable to recruit another 180 full-time police officers this year.

Download our council tax leaflet.

Reserves

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 a summary of the current reserves position.

Accounts

See details of our Treasury Management strategy and the Statements of Accounts below.

Local auditor appointment 2018/19

Ernst and Young LLP have been appointed as the External Auditor for both the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable of Kent Police with effect from the 2018/19 financial year, 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.

Contracts, assets and liabilities

All contracts, assets and liabilities are in the name of the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner.