Non-confidential facts and advice to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC)
1. Introduction and background
1.1. The Home Office and MPS are preparing for The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 (CHOGM) in London on 16th April 2018. This will bring together Heads of State from across the Commonwealth. As part of these preparations the MPS have made a bid to Home Office Special Grant for funding to install permanent hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) measures around London’s Ceremonial Footprint which will host many of the venues used in the CHOGM. This includes Green Park, St James Park, Westminster and Buckingham Palace, an area which contains many government buildings and other state buildings and hosts around 700 events per year.
2. Issues for consideration
2.1. Home Office have agreed to provide £5.25m of funding in 2017-18, £4.2m in the first instance with the remaining £1.05m paid at the point of need. The funding is needed by Westminster Council to pay for the instillation of the HVM measures. Since Special Grant funding can only be paid to Police and Crime Commissioners, the Home Office propose passing this funding to MOPAC, who in turn pass it on to Westminster Council.
3. Financial Comments
3.1. See above
4. Legal Comments
4.1. The grant agreement will be between MOPAC and Westminster Council but this will mirror the conditions attached to the funding determined by the Home Office.
5. Equality Comments
6. Background/supporting papers