In 2021/22, the PCC’s overall budget of £387million is made up of 59% funding from the national Government grant and 41% is from the policing element of your council tax.
The allocation of national funding for each policing area is worked out using a formula. At present Hampshire is disadvantaged by this formula and it has been independently calculated that as a result the force is underfunded by £41.6 million a year compared to the national average.
The Government agreed that the funding formula needs to change but to date this has not yet happened.
Government has however showed recognition of the pressures on policing by giving Police and Crime Commissioners greater flexibility to increase the council tax and the national uplift funding for an additional 20,000 police officers. Since 2019 this funding has enabled Hampshire Constabulary to recruit additional police officers and 101 call handlers and will enable further recruitment of new and additional police officers in 2021/22.