PUBLISHED 31 MARCH 2016
At a public Board meeting in Stirling today (Thursday 31 March 2016) the SPA set a budget for policing in 2016-17.
The budget papers approved can be accessed from the following link: SPA Board Meeting - 31 March 2016
A spokesperson for the SPA issued the statement below following the public meeting:
“In line with our statutory responsibilities, the SPA has today approved a budget for 2016-17. The allocation to the Chief Constable will allow for police officer numbers to be maintained and thus support a high quality of service to the public to be delivered. The strong financial settlement received from the Scottish Government also supports the SPA to underpin its commitments as a responsible employer to increased pay for staff within public sector guidelines, and a continued policy of no compulsory redundancies.
"Assumptions have been built in to the budget that considerable service efficiencies and further cost reductions are required through the coming year to ensure policing is able to absorb challenging increases in costs, and so achieve a balanced budget.
"Members also agreed a capital budget with the caveat that only exceptional capital spend will be approved during the first quarter of 2016/17 until we have greater clarity on how assumptions and plans for revenue spending are delivering in practice against the budget.
"The SPA will closely monitor the delivery of this budget across Police Scotland, Forensic Services and SPA's own governance function to ensure the effective delivery of policing within available resource."