Cleveland Police and Crime Panel has supported the proposal by the Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger for a 1.997% precept increase.
This translates to between 5p per week to 8p per week on the council tax for Band A – Band D properties.
Barry Coppinger said: "The precept increase is part of a medium-term financial strategy to move Cleveland Police forward and deliver savings and efficiencies. The strategy also includes measures such as restructuring the Force to deliver policing more efficiently, reducing middle and senior management costs, a voluntary redundancy and early retirement programme for staff, a renegotiation of external contracts, selling Ladgate Lane HQ and reviewing the police estate and greater collaboration with other forces and agencies.
"There has been little time for consultation around the precept. As late as Friday January 31st, when I was due to finalise proposals under the Government’s timetable, there was no confirmation from them as to what the precept limit was to be. This was finally confirmed nationally on only the afternoon of Wednesday 5th February – the day the Cleveland Police and Crime panel actually met."
Chair of Police and Crime Panel, Cllr Norma Stephenson said: "The panel has scrutinised the arrangements the Commissioner has made and, whilst supportive of the overall approach he has taken, has asked that we be kept updated regarding future plans and progress regarding the various actions to be taken to realise savings."
Read the PCC's 2014-15 Precept Report and the Letter of Support with Decision from the Police & Crime Panel
Posted on Tuesday 11th February 2014