Budget Consultation 2018/19
The Police and Crime Commissioner is consulting on proposals for a modest increase in the police’s share of council tax in West Mercia, to ensure a good service for local communities now and in the future.
John Campion is recommending a rise of £7.58 to the annual bill in 2018/19 for a typical band D home, equivalent to 4%, or 2p a day. Rising inflation and increased demand on police are the main reasons behind the proposal.
The Commissioner said: “The Government has listened to our communities and the issues I have raised on their behalf. They have delivered a very fair settlement, with more money available to every police force nationwide. It ensures a stable financial base to build from in terms of central funding, as well as extra flexibility and accountability for PCCs around council tax, both of which are very welcome”.
“I have started the long and complex, but necessary work of reforming our police force. We have seen some good progress in the last year, with all officers now able to work ‘on the move’, and equipped with body worn video. More improvements will also follow next year.”
“This proposal ensures all that necessary work can continue, to deliver a modern, agile police force that can cope with future challenges. This is balanced with making sure levels of service are protected today. My budget plans protect our numbers of PCs. They ensure policing is visible and accessible to communities. They continue funding for projects that will tackle the root causes of crime and help reduce demand on our force.”
“I am conscious that money is still tight for our communities. I am not recommending the maximum possible council tax rise because I do not believe it is necessary. West Mercia Police is still capable of significant efficiencies which need to be delivered. I will make sure the force has the resources it needs, but I will also continue my drive to ensure public money is used responsibly and efficiently.”
Local communities are encouraged to have their say by taking part in a short survey at this link. The consultation is open until 19th January 2018.
The draft budget report is available to read in full here.
Alternative formats of the consultation are available on request. Please contact the PCC’s office to discuss your specific requirements.
Tel: 01905 331 656
Mail: Police and Crime Commissioner, West Mercia Police, Hindlip, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR3 8SP.