BTPA agrees 1.3% budget increase

BTPA has approved an increase of 1.3% to British Transport Police funding in 2010/11, with the intention to target a 0% increase the following year.

Meeting on 9 December, members of the Police Authority noted the extraordinary years of large budget increases, totalling a 57% increase between 2004 and 2009. It was also acknowledged, however, that the current economic climate is difficult, and that the previous trend of increases cannot continue.

The Police Authority therefore agreed to support a 1.3% increase in its budget for 2010/11, and to support 0% as an indication of the direction of travel for the 2011/12 budget, with the caveats that this was dependent on external factors such as the economy and inflation, and that communications were clear that this was not a promise.

The Revenue & Capital Budget Proposals 2010/11 paper, setting out BTP’s budget projections and funding requirements, is now available alongside all other public papers for the 9 December Police Authority meeting.

For more information contact

Michael Daventry
British Transport Police Authority
Tel: 020 7383 5678
Email: michael.daventry@btp.pnn.police.uk

About the BTPA

BTPA is an independent body of that oversees the British Transport Police. It is composed of 15 members who represent the rail operators and passengers. It maintains the force’s budget, allocates resources and makes senior appointments to the force. For more information, visit www.btpa.police.uk.

British Transport Police is the specialist, national police service for Britain’s railways. It deals with major and minor crime, disorder and incidents, and covers the rail system in England, Wales and Scotland. Its police officers, Police Community Support Officers, Special Constables and support staff are recruited and trained like those of local forces and have the same powers.