Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles has promised to reinvest budget underspends in policing after year-end figures show saving in running costs and overtime due to cautious management practices.
Final figures for 2012-13 show the Constabulary recorded an overall underspend of £2.561m last year which is £885,000 higher than expected.
Most of the underspend will be carried forward to the current financial year for policing expenditure while £377,959 will be allocated to the operational funding reserve to help mitigate the funding gap projected in future years and protect local policing. In addition, some of the underspend will be fed back into local crime prevention projects via the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Crime Prevention Fund, which totals £750k in 2013-16. The remaining cash will be transferred to various force reserves to help prepare for unforeseen spending pressures in future years.
The force underspend, which was reported during a meeting of the Strategic Governance Board today (Monday), has been achieved despite substantial budget cuts, increasing demands on policing resources and continuing economic pressures. Many of the force’s predicted costs came in lower than expected including the Police Authority/ Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), which recorded a £241,000 underspend which was largely due to authority members’ allowances only being incurred up to November 2012 and staffing costs of the OPCC being met by the transition fund.
The force recorded a £527,000 underspend on police officer pay and allowances, including overtime, which was partly down to territorial divisions making savings on their overtime allocations. It also saved £603,000 on supplies and services including a reduction in uniform costs and savings in the cost of printing and stationary and phone use. Meanwhile, the predicted costs of the regional collaboration project came in £167,000 lower.
Commenting on the figures, Commissioner Charles said: “These savings show the efficiency work taking place to protect local policing services is working even better than we originally forecast. The figures alone are extremely encouraging but more so given that crime is continuing to fall in the county, public confidence and satisfaction is up and performance is still improving.
“The current underspend will assist us in managing the anticipated and very challenging financial period to come.”
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Posted on Monday 24th June 2013