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Additional funding to help West Mercia Police deliver on the matters that mean the most to you is being fully supported and backed by Police and Crime Commissioner, John Campion.

PCC John Campion welcomes today’s (Wednesday 14 December) announcement by the Government to significantly raise the funding settlement police forces are awarded in the next financial year.

Recognising the financial pressures police forces are facing, Police and Crime Commissioners in England are also able to increase their Council Tax precept by up to £15 for a typical Band D property.

PCC John Campion said: “I fully support the announcement which highlights the Government’s ongoing commitment to back communities with the funding needed to make a real difference to tackling crime.

“A key feature of the report focuses on police officer uplift, I am proud to have played a leading role in this journey with the highest level of police officers recruited in more than a decade in West Mercia. Set out in next year’s budget proposals, I want to see this number not only maintained but increasing to reach an all-time establishment record high, so officers are visible and accessible.

“I understand the financial pressures households across West Mercia are facing, these economic challenges are also being faced by West Mercia Police. The additional funding will help me make good and maximise the investments I have already made, I will continue to deliver on my vision for a safer West Mercia – putting victims and survivors first, building a more secure West Mercia, reforming West Mercia, and reassuring communities.

“I don’t take that responsibility lightly and will continue to ensure every pound you contribute through your council tax is spent on creating a safer West Mercia.

“You can have your say on my budget proposals and whether you would be willing to pay more than the 3.94% increase in council tax by completing my online consultation before midday on Friday 6 January –”