Research and Analytics


CIPFA Police Estimates Statistics

July 1998

This booklet contains information on the expenditure intentions of forces in 1998-99, together with related non-financial statistics. Where data are unavailable figures in the summary tables have been adjusted to provide a more realistic position. This has been achieved by adjusting last years figures according to the general trend shown by authorities of the same class returning data for the 1998-99 estimates.


Excluding capital charges, the total gross expenditure of police authorities in England and Wales is estimated to amount to 7,481.7 million in 1998-99, an increase of 289.3 million over 1997-98, which represents an increase of 4.0 %.

Details showing the breakdown of expenditure are shown in Table One.

Subjective Analysis of Expenditure
Pay and pensions dominate service costs, accounting for 82.1 % of gross expenditure. This is demonstrated by the proportional breakdown of gross expenditure in Figure 1.

Staff Costs as a proportion of Gross Expenditure
The majority of expenditure (47.6 %) is funded by Home Office Grant. Figure 2 analyses sources of income.

Breakdown of Sources of Police Funding

Police Officers are estimated to make up 67.9 % of service staff at 31st March 1999. Overall, forces estimate their strength to decrease by 870 (0.7%) in the period 31st March 1998 to 31st March 1999. This is largely due to a fall in estimated staff numbers in the English Non-Metropolitan authorities of 2.2 %.

Police Officer Staffing
Excluding cadets and traffic wardens, civilian staff numbers are expected to increase (2.7 % in 1998-99), reflecting the emphasis being placed on civilianisation of tasks previously undertaken by police officers.

Civilian Staffing

The number of Police Houses and single officer accommodation units has fallen sharply again over the period 1st April 1997 to 1st April 1998, continuing the downward trend of the past few years.

In April 1995 the number of Police houses and section house places were 9,856 and 3,725 respectively, equivalent to falls of 35.6 % and 36.4 % in the period up to April 1998.

Police Housing

Forces expect to replace or acquire 4,992 vehicles in 1998-99, 20.0 % of their total fleet.

Estimated Change in Vehicle Numbers

July 1998

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