On 18th February 2014, the PCC set the budget for 2014/15 which included the allocation of £1,510k to support PCC Initiatives.
During the year, a number of the areas which had money allocated initially have changed. As a result, funding is no longer needed in the same areas.
This has presented the opportunity to re-allocate some funding within the PCC Initiatives Fund. Areas of significant change include:
- £300k earmarked to the Force to increase Special Constables. This is not going to be spent in the manner anticipated.
- A further £300k for the delivery of Arrest Referral by the Force. Delays mean only £140k is expected to be needed in 2014/15.
- There is ongoing debate about how much of the £248k allocated to Integrated Offender Management is required in the current year.
As result, £500k is considered to be available for the PCC to set up a Community Safety Fund, which will operate along similar lines to the Property Act Fund.
Guidance notes and an application form are attached.