Agenda and minutes

Gloucestershire Police and Crime Panel - Friday 4 February 2022 10.00 am

Venue: Cabinet Suite - Shire Hall, Gloucester. View directions

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

See above.

 

2.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 118 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting on 3 November 2021 were agreed as a correct record.

 

3.

Declarations of Interest

Please see note (a) at the end of the agenda.

Minutes:

No declarations were made at the meeting.

 

4.

PROPOSED GLOUCESTERSHIRE POLICE PRECEPT 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 395 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

4.1      The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) gave a detailed presentation of the report.

 

4.2      The Commissioner explained that he was elected on a manifesto to strengthen the Constabulary and that those commitments were in the Police and Crime Prevention Plan priorities. Investment was needed in resources and capabilities required. The budget was aimed at strengthening the Constabulary. He explained that he had inherited a budget gap and the consequences of previous spending decisions, including the prioritisation of estate investment over ICT infrastructure.

 

4.3      By way of context, it was outlined that there had been uncertainty over the Central Government grant and funding formulae changes. The December grant announcement was based on an outdated funding formula (rural areas tended to suffer) and Gloucestershire remained among the lowest funded forces via the Home Office grant and therefore heavily reliant on the precept.

 

4.4      The average precept increase over the previous four years had been £13.90 per year with the maximum allowed over that period £15.25.

 

4.5      In summary, the financial pressures included the required investment to respond to HMICFRS, inflationary cost pressures, the rise in National Insurance, and increases in police and staff pay. Assumptions were made against each of these factors in setting the budget.

 

4.6      The recommendations to the Panel was for an increase in Council Tax for a Band D property of £10 per week which was an increase of 3.7%. This would set a revenue budget for 2022/23 of £139,985,046 and a Capital Budget for 2022/23 of £14.501m. The Commissioner stated that the vast majority of Forces had asked for the full amount which had been agreed by their panels.

 

4.7      Members noted the additional sources of funding through grant bids and government funding schemes that accounted for £4 million.

 

4.8      The increased precept for 2022/23 would fund additional investment areas such as improving the 101 service, safeguarding vulnerable children and adults, recording crime accurately, neighbourhood policing and recruitment of extra Special Constables, volunteer PCSOs and expanding of Police Cadets. The Commissioner wanted to find new ways to support Road Safety and to be creative in crime prevention; he felt that Police Cadets was one avenue that could be explored.

 

4.9      The Commissioner explained that the plan would have required a 6% increase and so, in accordance with the CSR announcement, the plan had been adjusted. The operational requirement was for 453 additional officers and staff but that was not affordable under the current funding position. 386 was the affordable position, plus an additional uplift of 76 FTE for the Constabulary.  

 

4.10    Members noted the engagement events across the County which had gathered supportive feedback on the plans. The precept consultation had been inhibited by the late notification of the budget announcement. There had been road shows arranged throughout the County and, since December, there had been an opportunity for residents to provide feedback.

 

4.11    One member asked about the manifesto commitment to increase police officers by 300. What timescale was in place to achieve that? In  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

HMICFRS Inspection Report - Progress Report pdf icon PDF 118 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

5.1      The Commissioner provided a progress report on the recent outcome of the HMICFRS ‘PEEL’ inspection 2021. Richard Bradley, Chief Executive of the Police and Crime Commissioner, introduced the report which summarised the ongoing actions.  The intention was to produce update reports for future Police and Crime Panel meetings. Members noted the details of the Chief Officer oversight in the report.

 

5.2      Accuracy and crime data integrity was the main focus of the concerns by HMICFRS and the report detailed how the Constabulary had improved in this area. Those levels represented an ‘outstanding’ level. In addition there were three new crime standards audit officers in post.

 

5.3      The report provided further details on the control room and improvements in the use of technology. In addition the team were busy visiting other Forces to understand what they were doing to achieve their good or outstanding ratings.

 

5.4      It was proposed that Richard Ocone attend the next panel meeting to discuss this in more detail. Members requested further details around the measurement and targets being used and how that would be implemented.

ACTION                     Richard Bradley

 

5.5      Members welcomed the upcoming peer review from the West Midlands.

 

5.6      One member asked for an update on the recruitment within the control room. It was explained that this as going well and that one of the benefits to the changes being made to the control room was that there were more flexible working arrangements which attracted more applications.

 

5.7      The Panel thanked Andrea Clarke for her support of the Panel, her tenacity, and her diligence and wished her a happy retirement.