RE: What is passporting?
Passporting is indeed when money is essentially passed through an intermediary between a grant-giver and the ultimate recipient of funds. It connotes an essentially automatic process by which the intermediary doesn't really direct, or have any influence over, the way the money is spent.
So, describing funds for community safety as being "passported" through the PCC is not really correct (and if you've got this word from something we've written, let me know where it is, because it's probably misleading!) In fact the PCC will have significant power to direct where community safety money goes, and this could be a sticking-point in the relationship between PCCs, CSPs and the wider alphabet soup of related organisations with an interest in these issues. The PCC will want to exert significant control over where cash goes and has, effectively, carte blanche to decide where it goes, further to the Police and Crime Plan, which the Panel will have an opportunity to investigate.
I think that this will apply in Year 1 - PCCs will want to set out their stall early and I can't see many opting to continue the status quo until they are nearly halfway through their electoral term. That said, where the PCC is a former local government type from the area he or she may be inclined to keep things as they are because they had a role in agreeing those arrangements in the first place. It's difficult to say.
Research and Information Manager, CfPS