MIL-OSI UK: Police funding settlement announced by Government

Source: British Parliament News

13 December 2018
Following a delay due to the ‘meaningful vote’ debate, Nick Hurd, the Minister for Policing, today made a statement announcing the police funding settlement.

Speaking in the Chamber, the Minister announced an increase in funding had been agreed, allocating up to £14billion to the police for 2019/20. This represents an increase of up to £970million on this year’s funding.
Mr Hurd concluded his statement by thanking the police force for their service and saying,

“This government’s priority is the safety of the public. We understand that our police are facing increased demands. We are determined to respond the threats from terrorism, organised crime and serious violence. We are today announcing a major investment in the capabilities the police need to respond, and we are rightly challenging the police to spend that money well and continue on the path of reform and modernisation.”

 Shadow Minister for Policing, Louise Haigh responded by saying,

“Today’s settlement represents a ninth consecutive year of real terms central government cut to the police. In September the Govenment announced that changes to the police pension valuation would mean an additional £165 million cost to forces in 2019-20 increasing to £417 million in 2021.Why then does today’s settlement only cover £150 million of that cost and why does it provide no certainty for the following year?”

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MIL-OSI UK: The Macpherson Report: Twenty Years On inquiry launched

Source: British House of Commons News

12 December 2018
The Home Affairs Committee launches an inquiry to examine progress in the twenty years since the Macpherson report was published.

The inquiry
On 24 February 1999, the report of the Stephen Lawrence inquiry was published, following an apology the previous year by the Metropolitan Police for failures in the response to (and investigation of) Stephen’s murder in 1993. Sir William Macpherson, who chaired the inquiry, made 70 recommendations for the Government, police service and other stakeholders, and accused the Metropolitan Police Service of institutional racism.
The Committee is particularly interested in how the Government and police service has performed against the following recommendations:
“That the Home Secretary and Police Authorities should seek to ensure that the membership of police authorities reflects so far as possible the cultural and ethnic mix of the communities which those authorities serve” [this would now apply more appropriately to Police and Crime Commissioners and their offices];
“That all possible steps should be taken by police services at local level in consultation with local Government and other agencies and local communities to encourage the reporting of racist incidents and crimes”;
“That Police Services and Victim Support Services ensure that their systems provide for the pro-active use of local contacts within minority ethnic communities to assist with family liaison where appropriate”;
“That police training and practical experience in the field of racism awareness and valuing cultural diversity should regularly be conducted at local level”; and “that it should be recognised that local minority ethnic communities should be involved in such training and experience”; and
“That the Home Office and Police Services should facilitate the development of initiatives to increase the number of qualified minority ethnic recruits”.
Sir William Macpherson also recommended that progress be monitored against a number of performance indicators, including the number of recorded racist incidents and related detection levels; achieving equal satisfaction levels across all ethnic groups in public satisfaction surveys; the nature, extent and achievement of racism awareness training; the policy directives governing stop and search procedures and their outcomes; levels of recruitment, retention and progression of minority ethnic recruits; and levels of complaint of racist behaviour or attitude and their outcomes. The Committee will seek to collect data on these indicators, where they cannot be provided by the Home Office, NPCC or other stakeholders.
Terms of Reference
The Committee would welcome written evidence on the following topics:
The extent to which the 43 police forces in England and Wales have made sufficient progress in the last twenty years towards ensuring that the ethnic diversity of their officers, PCSOs and staff reflects the diversity of the communities that they serve;
Progress in ensuring that black and other minority ethnic (‘BME’) officers and staff are promoted at the same rate as their white counterparts, and that the senior leadership of policing (chief officers and police and crime commissioners) includes a representative number of BME officers and officials;
The extent to which the police service has become a diverse and inclusive culture, free from the institutional racism identified by Sir William Macpherson in 1999, including the impact of training courses and other initiatives;
The quality of the service provided by police forces to BME individuals and communities;
The current state of police relations with BME individuals and communities, including the impact of police tactics used disproportionately on BME people, such as stop and search; and
The quality of the support and leadership provided by the Home Office and other national bodies in achieving progress against Sir William’s recommendations.
Written submissions
Written submissions are normally published on the Committee’s website. If it is necessary to include personal experiences in your submission, or you have concerns about your submission being made public, please contact homeaffcom@parliament.uk for advice before submitting. Further guidance on making a submission is available here.
Further information
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