Sum requested is only 0.2% of police budget
In a statement, the Home Office said that Mrs Barnes’ request for compensation had been carefully considered but did not comply with the ministry’s guidance on making discretionary payments to cover unexpected costs.
Mike Penning, the policing minister, hinted that the force could cover the costs from its reserves, adding: “Police forces should include within their policing and budget plans reasonable contingencies for unexpected events in their areas.
“Special Grant funding is usually only available when the additional costs are more than 1% of the PCC’s budget, or where the additional costs might threaten the financial stability of the force.
“At 31 March 2015, the Kent PCC had £34.4m in resource reserves, which increased by more than 10% last year.”
The Home Office statement added that the sum requested represented 0.2% of the force budget and any emergency funding had to equate to a minimum of 1%.