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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Please find the answers to some of the more frequently asked questions about PolFIG and Income for Police Forces.

Why do Police Forces accept Sponsorship and Donations?

Is there a limit to the amount of sponsorship a force may accept?

Are there restrictions on who may donate to police forces?

Who is in charge of PolFIG?

How can I meet the PolFIG members 'face to face'?

Can I distribute documents to PolFIG Members?

Who owns PolFIG?

Why do I sometimes have to pay VAT on Sponsorship?

Do Police Forces publish lists of Sponsors and Sponsorship?

 

Why do Police Forces accept Sponsorship and Donations?

Police Forces receive their main income from the Government Police Grant, Business Rates and Council Taxation. This provides the core funding that police forces endeavour to provide the best service possible. If police forces want to try our new technological or sociological solutions to such items as fear of crime, crime reduction or increasing public confidence, we have to either cut core services, or find additional funding to pilot the new solutions. Grants, Sponsorship, Trading and event police charitable 'arms', can provide this pilot funding.

 

Is there a limit to the amount of sponsorship a force may accept?

Police forces, as directed under the H.M. Treasury guidelines, have no limit on their annual revenue from Sponsorship, since new guidelines were issued in 2013.

 

Are there restrictions on who may donate to police forces?

Police Forces will perform appropriate checks on companies and their owners/directors to ensure that we are not associated with individuals or organisations that might put the force in a difficult position. If an donation/sponsorship is not accepted, it will be immediately returned to the donor/sponsor, without being deposited.

 

Who is in charge of PolFIG?

PolFIG is led and directed by the NPCC FCC Lead for Income Generation and Cost Recovery, part of the NPCC Finance Coordination Committee. This lead is supported by a selected Staff Officer, who at present comes from Bedfordshire Police. Previous Staff Officers have come from such forces as North Yorkshire, British Transport, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire forces.

 

How can I meet the PolFIG members 'face to face'?

Almost all PolFIG member forces come to the National Conference, (which has previously been held near Earls Court in London. This conference has available areas for potential suppliers, donors and sponsors to interact with members at break times. Some sponsors choose to sponsor the overall conference, through either funding or resources.

 

Can I distribute documents to PolFIG Members?

Yes, PolFIG members can receive materials through the Staff Officer, who can be emailed the the following link: National Lead

 

Who owns PolFIG?

PolFIG is a peer organisation of Income Generation Officers and Business Managers who deal with Bids & Grants, Sponsorship, Cost Recovery, Trading and Charitable Trusts. The members own the organisation and choose how it spends its limited funds. Funds for the organisation do not come from police forces, but through national Income Generation activities.

 

Why do I sometimes have to pay VAT on Sponsorship?

Sponsorship is considered by Her Majestys Revenue and Customs as often having a defined benefit to the sponsor. As such it is considered VAT-able. If there is no benefit to the sponsor, the Sponsorship can be considered VAT free. If the benefit can be clearly split into a benefit element and a donation, then the beneficial portion is VAT-able and donation VAT free.

 

Do Police Forces publish lists of Sponsors and Sponsorship?

All forces must publish a list of Sponsors under the Freedom of Information Act guidelines and should at least include type of business, value of sponsorship and whether goods, funds or goods and funds.

 


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