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Precept increase sets Cleveland Police on path for improvement

Money 2020

Cleveland Police and Crime Panel this week (Tuesday 4th February) unanimously approved an increase to the precept which will help recruit additional police officers and drive forward improvements in Cleveland Police.

The latest settlement from Government awarded an additional £10m for policing and community safety in Cleveland – with the caveat of increasing the precept by £10 a year for Band D properties. This works out at 19p a week.

In reality, the majority of Cleveland residents will pay less than this as 80% of the area’s properties fall under Bands A-C.

Following consultation with residents, Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger opted for this increase to boost current resource levels and generate an additional £1.6m to invest in local policing.

The Force has committed to invest the precept increase in recruiting additional police officers over the next financial year and implementing a range of organisational changes to improve the service they provide to communities.

63 per cent of Cleveland residents who took part in the PCC’s consultation on the precept confirmed that they would be willing to pay the £10 increase for a Band D property.

Mr Coppinger said: “I’m grateful that the Police and Crime Panel have agreed to support the increase to the policing precept, which is going to help Cleveland Police go from strength to strength over the next 12 months.

“It has been a challenging year for the Force, but the Chief Constable has drawn up an extensive and long-term plan to ensure Cleveland Police gets back where it needs to be. This increased investment will allow his vision to become a reality.

“Rather than waiting for government funding, I made the decision to accelerate the recruitment of new officers to get them on the streets as soon as possible. I’m pleased the additional funding will help us to recruit further in the months to come.

“However this investment cannot be a one-off gift from the Government. Police forces must be given the funds they need to recover from 10 years of austerity, particularly forces like Cleveland where the demand on the police is so much higher.

“My plea to the government is to ensure this level of funding is sustained, to give Cleveland Police the best chance to improve their service and make a difference to communities.”

The Panel also were presented with a detailed report setting out the key achievements of Mr Coppinger since his election to the role in 2012. These included investments in policing, commissioning victim services, developing schemes to reduce offending and engaging with communities.

It is the last time Mr Coppinger will appear in front of the Panel as Police and Crime Commissioner and he thanked members for their support over the last eight years.

What the policing precept increase means for you

Precept Increase 2020-21
Property Band Council Tax 
(2 Decimal Places) 
Annual Increase Weekly Increase
(Pence) 
 A  £173.69  £6.67  13
 B  £202.64  £7.78  15
 C  £231.59  £8.89  17
 D  £260.54  £10.00  19
 E  £318.44  £12.22  23
 F  £376.34  £14.44  28
 G  £434.23  £16.67  32
 H  £521.08  £20.00  38
  

 

Posted on Thursday 6th February 2020
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