CSF Review FAQs

Any queries received by the OPCC on the CSF Consultation, and the response provided, will be published in the Frequently Asked Questions below.

Q. The paper refers to the 'needs-based formula' agreed in 2013 in a number of the proposed models.  I'd be grateful if you could advise me what that needs-based formula looks like so I can understand better how this might impact.

A.  The 2014-15 grant letter sent to local authority leaders and chief executives from the PCC outlined a formula that had been agreed at the end of a consultation period with local authority counsellors and officers, as well as the Police and Crime Panel.  However, as stated in the recent consultation document, the PCC also used his discretion in the allocation of funds and, thus, the formula was never fully applied.


However, the criteria stated in the letter are below:-

1. The needs-based grant formual allocates funding according to five criteria (20% for each criteria):

i.     Population

ii.    Recorded crime per 1,000 popn in each local authority area

iii.   The number of anti-social behaviour (ASB) incidents in each local authority area

iv.   The number of offenders and suspects living in each local authority area (based on home location)

v.    The number of opiate and crack cocaine users per 1,000 popn (used as a proxy for problematic drug users).

 

Q. I've just received the consultation about the Community Safety Fund, and wondered if it might be possible to know how this fund has been used previously? I am unclear if this is the fund we have previously been able to apply to, or a different one. It would be helpful to know where the funding has been allocated if possible as this might give me more context about how any changes might impact local service provision.

A. Before now, the CSF has been allocated directly to Local Authorities, therefore it was not a fund that VCSE and other organisations could apply to directly through the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (although individual Community Safety Partnerships did sometimes make some of their allocation available through local competitions, therefore you may have had an opportunity to bid to your Local Authority for some of this funding in your area).

 
Further information on the PCC’s previous allocation amounts to Local Authorities, and some information on how they used it, is available on the PCC’s website: Community Safety Partnerships
 
The 2015-16 Annual Report, currently in draft, also contains the following information about the use of the fund during that financial year.
  • Drugs and alcohol treatment £720,740 – 4,862 clients received treatment
  • Youth Offending and Intervention £509,969 – 1,379 persons received support
  • Domestic Abuse £315,447 – 1,486 victims supported; 1,238 staff or champions trained
  • Hate Crime & Prevent Awareness - £92,147 – 5,013 persons trained
  • Anti Social Behaviour (ASB) Night-safe / ASB orders / CCTV & Body Worn Video - £109,962 – 115 ASB Orders  executed / 20 Cameras supported
  • Contribution towards local authority community safety staff posts - £235,345
  • Specialist Analysis: (Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) / Honour Based Violence (HBV) / Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) / Youth Crime / Slavery) - £41,367
  • Public Relations (PR) & Communications anti-crime campaigns - £37,000 – including advertising on radio, press and website
  • The remainder of the funding has been spent on projects including: support for vulnerable adults, intervention services for troubled families, child on parent violence, custody intervention scheme, restorative justice and mediation programmes.

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