Home Office Response to Funding Bid Received
Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd has received notification that the Home Office has declined Hertfordshire’s Special Grant application for part funding of the costs of policing the Bilderberg conference held in the county in June 2013.

The Home Office explained that Special Grant funding is only available where necessary additional expenditure incurred would create a serious threat to financial stability of a Force and its capacity to deliver normal policing.  They advised that a Special Grant will usually only be considered once the costs reach one per cent of the Force budget and that Forces are generally expected to meet one-off exceptional spend below this level from their own reserves. 

The total cost of policing the event was £990,000.  The Hertfordshire application was for £528,000 after the organisers contributed £462,000.  The cost of policing the event fell short of the one per cent threshold (£1.8 million) and was not assessed as bearing a risk to the Force’s financial stability or capacity to deliver policing.

David Lloyd said, “Along with all other police forces in the country Hertfordshire Constabulary has a core policing duty to prevent crime, maintain the Queen’s Peace, protect the public and prevent damage to property.

“The Bilderberg conference was an exceptional policing challenge that was very successfully policed by the Constabulary with several thousand protestors attending over the period of the event.  The Constabulary fulfilled their legal responsibilities and ensured that the event took place peacefully with the minimum of disruption to Hertfordshire’s public and businesses.

“I am disappointed that the Home Office has turned down our grant application though I understand the Home Office’s criteria. Fortunately, our sound financial management means that this decision does not cause us immediate problems or require us to make further immediate savings on policing.  Ultimately, this money will come from our reserves and I would have wanted to have this money available for other policing purposes in the county.”