PEEL: police efficiency 2017 - Lincolnshire Police (8406)

Cause of concernThe lack of clear financial plans to deal with a range of future funding scenarios in Lincolnshire Police is a cause of concern to HMICFRS. It means that it is not possible for us to be certain that the force will continue to be able to provide efficient and effective policing in the future.

RecommendationTo address this cause for concern, HMICFRS recommends that, within three months of publication of this report, the force should work with partner organisations and expert support explicitly to link its financial plans with the revised operating model, the revised operational plans and the revised workforce plans. All of these must be informed by a comprehensive understanding of demand.

[on]9th November 2017 [status]awaiting-review[/status][/on][on]29th January 2018 [status]being-progressed[/status][/on][on]27th April 2018 [comment]

Positive progress is being made. The force recognises it needs to develop its understanding of current, hidden and future demand better before it can make firm decisions on the future use of resources. The process for completing the force management statement is being used as the foundation for improving understanding and the chief officer team has developed a vision for future policing in the force area- known as ‘distinctively lincolnshire’ – this is a strategic document to identify what quality and level of service will be provided and an identification of what is being provided now. 1-3 year operational delivery plans are being developed now, which will be completed and scrutinised by the police and crime commisisoner around Autumn 2018.The force has set a balanced budget for 2018/19 budget and the MTFP now shows a reduced budget gap in 2019/20, as it plans to take full advantage of the two year precept flexibility announced as part of the 18/19 settlement. However, the structural deficit of £7M in future years requires revised workforce plans to reflect the known level of funding and the projected demand. Work is in progress to undertake a full analysis of demand, including forward projection of growing areas of demand so that these can be factored into future planning. Work is also in progress in respect of an operational model which will deliver a balanced budget over the MTFP period.

[/comment][/on][on]13th January 2019 [comment]

Positive progress continues to be made. The force is developing its understanding of current, hidden and future demand to inform future resourcing decisions. The force management statement is a positive step in improving understanding of the financial challenge. The ‘distinctively Lincolnshire’ vision for future policing continues to identify the level of service that will be provided supported by 1-3 year operational delivery plans. The force has set a balanced budget for 2018/19 budget and the MTFP now shows a reduced budget gap in 2019/20, as it plans to take full advantage of the two year precept. Workforce plans have been revised to reflect the known level of funding and the projected demand to address the deficit of £7M in future years. Demand analysis continues and includes projection of growing areas of demand.

[/comment][/on][on]21st May 2019 [comment]

Positive progress continues to be made. The force continues to develop its understanding of current, hidden and future demand to inform future resourcing decisions. The ‘distinctively Lincolnshire’ vision for future policing continues to identify the level of service that will be provided supported by 1-3 year operational delivery plans. The force set a balanced budget for 2018/19 budget and the MTFP now shows a reduced budget gap in 2019/20. Workforce plans have been revised to reflect the known level of funding and the projected demand to address the deficit of £7M in future years. Demand analysis continues and includes projection of growing areas of demand.

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