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Precept 2018-19 Public Consultation

Precept Consultation 18/19


The Government hBarry-Coppinger - 2as allocated the same cash grant to Cleveland Police for the next financial year as in 2017/18.  When inflation, pay increases and other rising costs are taken into account this is, in reality, a significant cut to our policing budget over the next two years.

The Government has announced additional flexibility for PCCs around the police precept - the policing element of the council tax - which means that I can increase the amount paid by a Band D property by up to £12 a year.  I understand that this means more people, who are already struggling in Cleveland, would need to pay more and the burden for trying to maintain services falls to local taxpayers instead of being addressed nationally.

I am therefore consulting on whether people are prepared to pay more - to maintain policing within Cleveland through an increase in the police element of their council tax.

Increasing the Band D ‘Police Precept’ by £12 per year (or an extra £1 per month) would see the Band D Police Precept set at £226.53 for 2018/19 and would result in the following amounts being paid for Policing within Cleveland.

 

Proposed Police Precept based on an increase Band D increase of £12

Property Band

2018/19

Increase per Annum

Increase per Month

Increase per Week

Increase per Day

 

£

£

£

£

£

A

151.02

7.99

0.67

0.15

0.02

B

176.19

9.33

0.78

0.18

0.03

C

201.36

10.66

0.89

0.20

0.03

D

226.53

11.99

1.00

0.23

0.03

E

276.87

14.65

1.22

0.28

0.04

F

327.21

17.32

1.44

0.33

0.05

G

377.55

19.98

1.67

0.38

0.05

H

453.06

23.98

2.00

0.46

0.07


I want to listen to public and stakeholder views before reaching my final view, but I am minded to take the option of maximising police funding by proposing a £12 increase, which would raise around £1.8m in additional precept (above the amount raised in 2017/18). This will enable me to try to maintain current services.

It is important to recognise that without the proposed £1 per month increase in precept, Cleveland Police will need to make significant further cuts on top of those that have already been imposed through reduced Government Funding over the last seven years.

 The Government has acknowledged the significant increase in demand on the police to tackle domestic abuse, modern slavery, child sex exploitation and cyber-crime but has not made any extra resources available locally, I will continue to do what I can to help to protect neighbourhood policing, but with procurement savings, digital technology embedded and plans for the use of one off reserves in place, I cannot do this through improvements in effectiveness and efficiency alone.

I am therefore asking whether you are prepared to pay an extra £1 per month, or an increase of £12 per year for a Band D property, to support Policing Services in Cleveland, please let me now your views on the following three questions:

The Precept Consultation has now closed. Thank you for your interest in the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland.

 

 
 
 
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