The police precept is paid by residents to help cover the cost of local policing and victims’ services.
It is collected with Council Tax payments in Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland.
Money from the precept goes to the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC,) who then allocates funds to Cleveland Police.
The PCC has a duty to consult residents before making recommendations on precept levels to Cleveland’s Police and Crime Panel.
Just 26% of the PCC’s £177.8m income for 2023-24 came from Cleveland’s policing precept. Most police, community safety and victims’ services funding comes from Government grants.
Cleveland’s annual policing precept in 2023-24 was £290.73 for Band D properties. However, most householders pay much less as they live in properties, which are rated Band A or B.
|Property Band||Council Tax 2023-24||Proposals for 2023-24||4.1% Increase||6.2% Increase||8.3% Increase||10.3% Increase|
What proposed increases mean in real terms
Increases proposed in the table, above, would mean the following in policing terms:
- Raising the precept by £1 per month* – or 4.1 per cent – would raise about £1.9m, which could be invested in 40 extra police officers
- Raising by £1.50* would – or 6.2 per cent – would raise about £2.9m, which could be invested in 60 extra officers
- Raising by £2 per month* – or 8.3 per cent – would raise about £3.9m, which could be invested in 80 extra officers
- Raising by £2.50 per month* – or 10.3 per cent – would raise about £4.9m, which could b3 invest4ed in 100 extra officer
*All figures are based on increases on Cleveland Band D properties
Our consultation on Cleveland’s policing precept runs until 31 December 2023.