Non-confidential facts and advice to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC)
1. Introduction and background
1.1. The Central Estate Programme is a project designed to rationalise and improve the “to be” retained estate mainly in relation to central functions, decision PCD 335 refers.
2. Issues for consideration
2.1. The MPS Management Board has agreed that the changes requested will further improve operational effectiveness with respect to the response to Counter Terrorism and will not impact Organised Crime capability.
2.2. The approval of this expenditure will enable the development of negotiations with the third party, and design and preparatory works.
3. Financial Comments
3.1. The costs of the design and preparatory works, £250,000 and the £300,000 for legal and associated fees are being incurred at risk and are expected to be funded from the third party.
3.2. If these costs are incurred and the opportunity does not proceed as expected there will be a revenue budget pressure of £550,000.
4. Legal Comments
4.1. In carrying out its functions, the MOPAC may, under paragraph 7, Schedule 3 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 “do anything which is calculated to facilitate, or is conducive or incidental to, the exercise of the functions of the Office”.
4.2. Under the MOPAC Scheme of Consent and Delegation 4.16 the DMPC must approve “All requests to grant or surrender a lease”. External lawyers have been engaged to support the development of the Accommodation Agreement and the detailed advice will be provided when approval for the signing of the agreement is sought.
4.3. The MOPAC Scheme of Consent and Delegation states at 1.7 “This Scheme is a record of those formal consents and delegations which are in effect at the time of the publication of this Scheme. The Mayor and the DMPC may in addition, from time to time make specific delegations to officers within MOPAC or consents to staff/officers within the MPS and may also withdraw delegations or consents. In this scheme, staff/officers are authorised to exercise decision making within their area of responsibility subject to appropriate delegations or consents.”
5. GDPR and Data Privacy
5.1. There are no GDPR or data privacy issues.
6. Equality Comments
6.1. There are no equality implications arising from this decision
7. Background/supporting papers
7.1. Central Estate Programme decision PCD 335.