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Increase in Police Element of Council Tax – Survey

Friday, December 21st, 2018

We encourage all Chiltern residents to respond to the survey launched by The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld. This seeks the public view on an increase in the police element of the council tax by £2 a month (equivalent for a Band D property – increase for other property Bands is set out in a table available with the survey).

https://www.thamesvalley-pcc.gov.uk/get-involved/consultations/council-tax-precept-consultation-2019/

The Home Secretary announced on 13th December the provisional police funding settlement for 2019/20. Whilst the Government is proposing to increase the funding available to PCCs by up to £813 million, only £304 will come from central funding. All PCCs must, for their part, increase the police portion of the council tax by £2 a month or £24 a year (equivalent for a Band D property), which, collectively, will raise £509 million.

This continues the trend of recent years, whereby local funding, including council tax contributions and the local council tax support grant, has risen as a proportion of total funding. Nationally, 36% of forces’ total funding in 2018-19 was from local sources, up from 26% in 2010-11. In Thames Valley, currently 45% is from local funding.

Thames Valley PCC Anthony Stansfeld’s statement:

“The Thames Valley Police budget has been cut by £101 million over the last eight years which has resulted in significant cuts to police officer and staff numbers. This year the Government has encouraged all PCCs to raise the policing element of the council tax precept for all households. To prevent further damaging cuts to policing and restore some important frontline policing capability I would like to make use of this Government advice and raise the council tax precept accordingly.

Demand on police forces nationally has risen significantly in the last year as a result of an increase in non-crime business, higher crime numbers, the increasing complexity of crime, and the increasing reach of criminals both physically and via technology. Throughout this Thames Valley Police has been efficient and effective but having already faced significant cuts since 2010/11 the process of identifying new cash savings is becoming ever more challenging. However, we are committed to making policing even more efficient and have already identified over £4m of new savings in 2019/20.

My focus for the future continues to be on delivering strong neighbourhood policing for all of the communities across the Thames Valley whilst addressing the serious threats and hardship posed by criminals. With this in mind the extra cash generated from the proposed increase in council tax will be spent on operational policing. The draft budget for 2019/20 includes additional funding to increase local frontline policing, recruit more investigators and improve contact management with the aim to reduce call waiting times on 101 calls.”

The survey and more information, including the proposed amounts from each council tax band can be found by visiting:
https://www.thamesvalley-pcc.gov.uk/get-involved/consultations/council-tax-precept-consultation-2019/

Closing Date for Survey: Wednesday 9 January at 5pm

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