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Identity No: Police Circular No: 6/2002
The Combined Police Area Amalgamation Scheme 1995
(Amendment) ( Scotland ) Order 2002
Police and Fire Services (Finance) ( Scotland ) Act 2001
(Commencement) Order 2002
Addressed to: Chief Constables
Clerks to the Joint Police Boards
Chief Executives of Fife and Dumfries and Galloway
Edinburgh EH11 3XD
Telephone: 0131 244 2154
Fax: 0131-244 2666
Our ref: DCS/1/1
Date: 27 June 2002
Topics: Joint Police Board Appointments
and Police Finance
Issued: 27 June 2002
Contact(s) for more information: Ann Tocher
(at the above address)
(Tel: 0131 244 2156)
Purpose of the circular: To advise joint police boards and police authorities of The Combined Police Area Amalgamation Schemes 1995 (Amendment) (Scotland) Order 2002 and The Police and Fire Services (Finance) (Scotland) Act 2001 (Commencement) Order 2002.
Summary of contents: Copies of the Orders are attached.
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The Combined Police Area Amalgamation Schemes 1995 (Amendment) ( Scotland ) Order 2002
1. The purpose of this instrument is to implement changes to each of the Combined Police Area Amalgamation Schemes, which established the six Joint Police Boards, from 1 April 1996. The relevant Orders are: -
The Central Scotland Combined Police Area Amalgamation Scheme Order 1995 (SI 1995/2638)
The Grampian Combined Police Area Amalgamation Scheme Order 1995 (SI 1995/2639)
The Lothian and Borders Combined Police Area Amalgamation Scheme Order 1995 (SI 1995/2640)
The Northern Combined Police Area Amalgamation Scheme Order 1995 (SI 1995/2641)
The Strathclyde Combined Police Area Amalgamation Scheme Order 1995 (SI 1995/2642)
The Tayside Combined Police Area Amalgamation Scheme Order 1995 (SI 1995/2643)
2. The 1995 Schemes at present provide for the members of each joint board to be appointed by each constituent authority at the first meeting of that authority after each succeeding three yearly ordinary election of councillors. The same applies in respect of convenors and vice convenors. On this basis the next election of joint police board members should have taken place in 2002.3. The Orders are being amended in order that the appointment of members of the board and of the convenor and vice convenor occurs in line with the ordinary elections of councillors irrespective of the frequency of those elections. This reflects changes made to the timing of local government elections made by the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Act 2002 which extends the terms of councils from three to four years from 2003.
4. The opportunity is also being taken to amend the 1995 Schemes so as to clarify the intention with regard to the relationship between sub-paragraphs (3) and (4) of paragraph 6. In effect this means that the constituent authority will have the power to determine the date on which a councillor ceases to be a member of the board, should they decide that this should predate the date on which the resignation takes effect.
The Police and Fire Services (Finance) ( Scotland ) Act 2001 (Commencement) Order 2002
1. The 1995 Schemes are being further amended to take into account the provisions of section 1 of the Police and Fire Services (Scotland) Act 2001 which makes amendments to section 19(2) of the Police (Scotland) Act 1967. Joint police boards will be allowed to carry forward unspent balances from one financial year to the next within certain defined limits. In respect of any financial year, the police authority or joint police board shall be able to carry forward no more than 3% of the police grant made to that authority or board in respect of that financial year. When added to existing accumulated reserves of unspent police grant, the maximum total amount the police authority or joint board shall be allowed to carry forward will be 5% of the total grant made in that year.
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