government grant funding for 2003/04*.
Toby Harris, chair of the MPA, said:
'While a number of issues have yet to be resolved, the overall
conclusion is that next year's budget should be balanced, without a
need to identify further savings.
'We still need to work through the fine print and are awaiting
further information from the Home Office, but this settlement looks
like good news for London. Taken together with the mayor's current
proposed budget this will allow a significant increase in police
resources in the capital.
'However, the authority cannot sit back on its laurels. In order for
us to introduce new, more effective policing initiatives that will
create a safer environment for Londoners, we will have to continue to
pursue efficiency savings within the Met.'
Final conclusions cannot be drawn before the mayor has consulted on
his budget proposals, but as they stand they would provide for an
increase of a further 1,200 police officers next year and the
transfer of 450-500 officers from control room duties to front line
The grant funding will enable the Metropolitan Police to sustain the
recent enhancement to its counter-terrorism capability and will also
support the continued deployment of 500 police community support
officers being recruited this year with the opportunity to secure
funding for further recruitment next year.
The budget position will be reviewed at the next meeting of the full
authority on 10 December.
1. Identified efficiency savings for 2003/04 stand at£25.9m, which
left a funding gap of£9.6m.
The Metropolitan Police Authority took over the responsibility for
the Metropolitan Police Service on 3 July 2000. Its duties include
securing an effective and efficient police service for the
Metropolitan Police District and securing best value - ensuring
continuous improvement of London's policing services; consulting the
people of London to find out their views about policing in the
capital and taking account of these views when setting objectives.
See POLICE FUNDING IN ENGLAND TO INCREASE BY 6.2%on LGCnet.