The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee has criticised the Home Office for serious errors made in the review of the police funding formula. In a report published on Friday 11 December, the committee said;
Spending on the police in England and Wales grew by nearly 50 per cent between 1999 and 2009, according to a report published by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. Police expenditure 1999-2009, the first independent study of police authority spending over the last decade, found that police expenditure grew in real terms from £9.83 billion in 1998/1999 to £14.55 billion in 2008/2009. It also found that much of the burden of this rise fell on local council taxpayers, rather than the Home Office.
Contrary to complaints from some high profile figures, the police have done well out of the spending review, Richard Garside argues.