While the Government have now recognised the need for additional resources to be put into policing, they have failed to provide any of that through central grants for Lancashire. As a result they have placed more of the burden for funding the police onto local residents via the council tax precept.

Our police force continues to be recognised by national inspectors as delivering excellent value for money but we will have to continue to do more with less, as demand on services continue to rise. In our most recent efficiency report, Lancashire Constabulary was rated as good in how it uses the resources available to it, keeping people safe and tackling crime.

With the new Divisional HQ opening in Blackpool, replacing the out of date and inefficient building at Bonny Street, and continued use of mobile devices by frontline officers, we will continue to see returns on the capital investments that have been made in recent years.

It is important that residents can get in contact with the police when they need to. Through effective planning and management we will also see more resources put into the contact management centre. This is the front line for people contacting the police service, whether in an emergency or making a non-urgent report. We continue to see more and more calls coming in and on top of this, calls are becoming more complex and therefore are taking longer for our staff to deal with. This comes as partner agencies feel the effect of budget reductions across the board.

We have also seen the latest round of recruitment take place, with officers starting training soon and we’re looking forward to seeing them get into our communities later this year. These will be part of the local policing offer for Lancashire with every area having a clear police presence as part of my commitment to protecting local policing in the Police and Crime Plan.

Finally, as we are approaching the end of the first year of the new Lancashire Victim Services offer we are due to see even more people have access to support when they have been affected by crime. While we don’t want to see anyone fall victim of crime, when they do it is important they have access to the best possible support here in Lancashire.

Financial Picture

So as we enter 2018/19 we have identified £84.6m of savings that will take us to the end of 2021/22 with an extra £18m still to find.

I have taken the decision to increase the council tax precept this year by £12 for a Band D property after more than 78 per cent of residents told me they were willing to pay more for the police through this local payment. The increase is equivalent to 23p per week for the average band D property in Lancashire, but it will raise an extra £5.11m to help offset the financial pressures we will face this year including cover officer pay, inflation and increasing demands on the service.

Decision Paper

View the decision paper regarding Lancashire’s Revenue Budget and Council Tax for 2018/19 and Capital Investment Programme for 2018/19 and Future Years.

Budget analysis

Budget Analysis £m
2017/18 Base Budget 265.769
Investment 4.495
Demand Pressures 1.287
Pay Award 4.132
Non-pay inflation 1.145
Savings -4.950
2018/19 Spending requirement 271.878
Less Specific grant funding -4.122
2018/19 Net Budget Requirement 267.756


By 2022 we will have made £102m in savings since 2010/11.

Expenditure and income

EXPENDITURE AND INCOME 2017/18 (£m) 2018/19 (£m) 2018/19 per head (£)
Gross revenue expenditure 282.11 288.22 194.08
Less: income -20.46 -20.46 -13.78
Net budget requirement 261.65 267.76 180.30
Less: central Government  funding 190.02 190.02 127.96
Less: collection fund surplus 1.30 1.01 0.68
Council tax requirement 70.32 76.73 51.67
Band D equivalent (£) 165.45 177.45