Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger has today launched his public consultation on funding for policing and community safety in Cleveland.
Mr Coppinger is seeking the views of Cleveland residents on increasing the amount they pay for policing in their council tax, a payment known as the policing precept.
27.5% of police funding in Cleveland comes from taxation of local residents, with the rest provided as part of a settlement from central government.
Yesterday the government announced an investment of £10m for policing in Cleveland, which will allow the Force to recruit an additional 127 officers over the next financial year.
Mr Coppinger is recommending an increase of £10 per year for a Band D property – an increase of 3.99% - to allow the impact of this investment to be maximised.
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “I have campaigned for a reversal to the cuts to policing in Cleveland for a number of years, so I welcome news that an investment is being made.
“The priority over the next few months is to ensure 2020 marks a turning point for Cleveland Police and to make sure they implement rapid improvements so residents get the policing service they need.
“In the current financial climate it is not an option to maintain the previous level of precept, if we want to see Cleveland Police recruit extra officers and make the significant improvements they need to.
“I’ve been encouraged by the green shoots of progress the Force has started to make, including the launch of a new Vulnerability Strategy and the recruitment of new senior leaders, but there still is a long way to go.
“Failing to increase the precept at this crucial moment would result in cuts to services and the progress we have seen in recent months by the Force being set back.
“While it is never a decision I take lightly, a precept increase will allow Cleveland Police to maintain its current momentum and become a police service the people of Cleveland can be proud of.”
Residents will also be asked about their policing priorities and what major issues they want Cleveland Police to tackle over the next 12 months.
The survey will close on January 30th at 11.59pm. Click the link below the table to complete the survey and h ave your voice heard.
Precept Proposal 2020-21
|Property Band ||Council Tax |
(2 Decimal Places)
|Annual Increase ||Weekly Increase|
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