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Contact: Euan Walters (Tel: 0116 305 6016) Email: Euan.Walters@leics.gov.uk
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The minutes of the meeting held on 13 December 2023 were taken as read, confirmed and signed, subject to Rani Mahal – Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner being added to the attendance list.
The Chairman reported that the following question had been received from a member of the public:
The Police and Crime Commissioner is responsible for setting the
police budget, including the local tax precept. I am sure the Police and Crime
Commissioner would agree with me that the prudent management of taxpayers’
money is important, as is transparency and accountability when it comes to
public funds. As a local taxpayer, In would like to ask the
Police and Crime Commissioner the following questions:
Since the start of your term of office in May 2021, what is the
total amount of money from your budget spent on terminating employment
contracts for those people working in or for your office? Please cover
all forms of employment, including permanent contracts, temporary or interim
contracts, or positions such as those held by members of the Ethics
Committee. Please include all the costs incurred, such as contract
termination, redundancy costs, pension strain costs, notice period costs,
compensation and third party consultancy costs. I am
seeking the total figure for the above, covering your term of office as PCC to
date, not broken down by financial year or in any other way that could allow
for any single individual to be identified.
Can you tell me the total number of people in any form of
employment relationship with your office who have left that employment
relationship since you became PCC including the number who received any form of
Reply by the Police and Crime Commissioner:
Thank you for
your question. Since the start of my tenure as the PCC in 2021, I have always
stressed the importance of being transparent and accountable for the
decisions made by me and my office. This is especially true when it comes
to the use of public funds and I have maintained this
stance throughout my time in office.
which has been incurred as a result of the termination
of employees or other persons within my office, is readily available for all to
view on the PCC website and is detailed within the PCC Statement of Accounts.
The statements contain a detailed breakdown of salary, payments, benefits in
kind and compensation for the loss of office.
In addition to
this, there are a number of Freedom of Information
requests in relation to the same question which is available on the PCC's
website. In all cases my office has responded to these fully in compliance with
our statutory obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
that this information can be difficult to interpret and isn’t yet available for
the financial year that we are currently in. As such, to ensure complete
transparency and to be helpful, I can confirm that the total amount of funds
related to the exit of staff and committee during the term of the current PCC
is £300,323.77. This figure covers 12 individuals, including members of
of this, 13 individuals have left the OPCC’s office to pursue employment and
There were no urgent items for consideration.
Declarations of interest.
The Chairman invited members who wished to do so to declare any interest in respect of items on the agenda for the meeting.
No declarations were made.
The Police and
Crime Panel considered a report of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) concerning the Proposed Precept for 2024/25 and the Medium
Term Financial Plan (MTFP). A copy of the report, marked ‘Agenda Item 5’, is
filed with these minutes.
introducing his budget and precept proposals the PCC stated that he recognised
the financial difficulties being faced by households in Leicester,
Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR). He provided reassurance that he had reviewed
and challenged the way services were provided in LLR. The PCC thanked the
officers and staff of Leicestershire Police for their work. The PCC raised
concerns about the Police funding formula and how it did not take into account
significant factors that affected LLR.
The Chief Constable
Rob Nixon explained why he supported the proposed Precept for 2024/25 and
stated that even with the proposed increase by £13.00 per annum for policing
purposes to £286.23 for a Band D property, the budget would still
fall short of what was required to sustain policing requirements. The main
issue with the budget was the unfunded Police pay award for 2023/24. However,
the Precept increase being proposed would minimise the impact of the budget
shortfall and the Chief Constable was still confident that the Police and Crime
Plan could be delivered.
discussions the following points were noted:
Police funding formula was not considered by the Police and Crime Commissioner
and Leicestershire Police to be a fair one and it left Leicestershire Police
and the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland disadvantaged compared
to other areas. Of the 43 police forces in England and Wales 18 of them did not
have sufficient funding to cover the payroll. The Police and Crime Commissioner
explained that since he had been in post he had met with several Policing
Ministers during that period and raised concerns about the funding formula, but
the formula had not been changed. The PCC had been promised a further meeting
with the Home Secretary which would take place before the budget on 6 March
2024. The Police and Crime Panel Chair Mrs. D. Taylor CC offered to write to
the Home Secretary and Policing Minister in support of the Leicestershire
Police campaign for fairer funding. It was suggested that the letter could be
signed by the Chief Executives of all the local authorities in LLR to give it
Government set a minimum level of police officers for LLR and in return
Leicestershire Police received a level of grant funding. Reducing officers
would result in a financial penalty therefore it was decided to retain police
officer numbers for LLR. Instead the budget shortfall would be dealt with by
cutting around 188 police staff. However, this was of concern as these staff
were carrying out important roles in the criminal justice process such as
answering 999 calls and carrying out forensic work. The role played by Police
Community Support Officers (PCSOs) was highly valued. However, due to the
difficult financial situation Leicestershire Police was facing, some cuts to
PCSO numbers could have to be made. There was also a possibility that the news
around cuts to police staff could cause existing staff to look for jobs
elsewhere even if ultimately their jobs were not going to be cut. Reassurance
was given that engagement with police staff would take place and communications
would be managed carefully to minimise the amount of alarm and distress caused
by the news.
(iii) The budget for 2024/25 included £4 million for overtime. A significant proportion of this figure was due to public protests which occurred on ... view the full minutes text for item 18.
Section 106 update.
A verbal update will be given
by the OPCC in relation to contributions received under Section 106 of the Town
and Country Planning Act 1990.
The Police and Crime Panel received a verbal update from the Police and Crime Commissioner regarding funding received under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
It was noted that a new Section 106 officer at
Leicestershire Police was now in post and the officer’s contact details would
be circulated after the meeting to enable Panel members to take part in
It was reported that some resistance had been received from some District Councils regarding drawing down Section 106 funds and repurposing them. The members for those Districts would be contacted by OPCC staff to see if those issues could be resolved.
That the contents of the verbal update be noted.
Date of next meeting.
The next meeting of the Panel
is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 12 March 2024 at 2.00pm.
That the next meeting of the Panel be held on Tuesday 12 March 2024 at 2.00pm.