||<p>Assessments of forces current efficiency and effectiveness at managing their resources
and tackling crime are primarily the responsibility of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate
of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS). The results of HMICFRSs most
recent inspections of West Midlands Police are available on the Inspectorate’s website.
<br> <br>Decisions regarding how resources are allocated including the capability
and capacity needs of forces are a matter for PCCs and Chief Constables, who are best
placed to understand how to meet the needs of local communities. <br> <br>For 2019/20
we are proposing the biggest increase in funding since 2010 - total funding of up
to £14 billion for 2019-20, an increase of up to £970m compared to 2018/19, including
council tax, pensions funding and national investment. If the PCC for West Midlands
chooses to raise their council tax precept by £24 a year, this would translate to
a potential increase in funding of up to £34m for West Midlands Police</p><p><br>I
have been clear that I will prioritise police funding at the next Spending Review.
My Department is working closely with policing colleagues – including the Chief Constable
of West Midlands Police - to understand their future capability and capacity needs,
and what future efficiency gains may be possible.</p>