Police financial reserves for West Mercia Police

Details of the financial reserves for West Mercia Police each year from March 2011 to March 2017.

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) can keep part of their funding in financial reserves to help manage financial risk and to fund major future costs such as change programmes aimed at improving services to the public. Usable financial reserves are split into resource and capital. Resource reserves are categorised into a general fund to cover unforeseen pressures and earmarked reserves which are each held for a specific purpose. Capital reserves are ring-fenced for capital investment.

As at March 2017, PCCs held over £1.6bn in usable resource reserves. The public is entitled to high quality information on financial reserves:

  • information is provided on the level of financial reserves held by each PCC for the years 2011 to 2017 (the latest figures available)
  • you can read the guidance the government has provided to PCCs on the more detailed information they should publish on their reserves
  • from Spring 2018, each PCC will be publishing their reserves strategies on their websites setting out their plans for their reserves and how reserves will be used to improve services to the public

Police financial reserves for West Mercia Police

Financial year ending General fund Earmarked reserves Total resource reserves Capital reserves
Mar 2017 £13.5m £39.6m £53.1m £0.4m
Mar 2016 £13.5m £46.6m £60.1m £5.6m
Mar 2015 £13.5m £50.4m £63.9m £7.9m
Mar 2014 £12.0m £41.1m £53.1m £4.4m
Mar 2013 £8.9m £37.2m £46.1m £1.9m
Mar 2012 £6.2m £31.6m £37.8m £2.8m
Mar 2011 £6.2m £25.9m £32.1m £2.7m

Resource reserves as a percentage of direct funding March 2017 - England and Wales

Force area % reserves / funding
Avon & Somerset 13.6%
Bedfordshire 13.0%
Cambridgeshire 21.9%
Cheshire 8.3%
Cleveland 11.7%
Cumbria 24.2%
Derbyshire 19.8%
Devon & Cornwall 20.9%
Dorset 10.9%
Durham 11.5%
Dyfed-Powys 27.3%
Essex 8.3%
Gloucestershire 24.7%
Greater Manchester 14.6%
Gwent 42.3%
Hampshire 28.1%
Hertfordshire 23.3%
Humberside 20.0%
Kent 11.7%
Lancashire 18.0%
Leicestershire 17.5%
Lincolnshire 16.9%
MOPAC 9.6%
Merseyside 9.5%
Norfolk 17.0%
North Wales 24.1%
North Yorkshire 11.5%
Northamptonshire 8.5%
Northumbria 6.5%
Nottinghamshire 9.9%
South Wales 11.8%
South Yorkshire 19.3%
Staffordshire 7.5%
Suffolk 9.6%
Surrey 7.2%
Sussex 23.9%
Thames Valley 14.0%
Warwickshire 28.7%
West Mercia 26.4%
West Midlands 20.2%
West Yorkshire 22.3%
Wiltshire 18.8%
Total England & Wales 15.1%


  • MOPAC is the Mayor's Office for Policing And Crime
  • Figures show total PCC usable reserves levels, including reserves held on behalf of others
  • No figures available for City of London Police
  • Greater Manchester figures are as at 7 May 2017, which was the end of their accounting period. This is due to the transfer of PCC responsibilities to the metro mayor
  • Figures may not sum due to rounding
  • Source: All figures taken from audited PCC Group statements of accounts
  • Resource reserves as a percentage of funding show reserves as a percentage of 2017-18 direct resource funding (Government grant and precept)
  • Before the introduction of PCCs in 2012, police reserves were held by Police Authorities

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