To confirm the precept proposal for the financial year 1 April 2023 to 31 March
2024 the Commissioner is required to notify the Police & Crime Panel of the
proposed precept to the Police & Crime Panel by no later than 1 February before
the start of the relevant financial year. The Commissioner is required to conform
with the Police & Crime Panels (Precept and Chief Constable Appointments)
When setting a budget requirement, the Commissioner must have regard to
representations received and any reports of the Police and Crime Panel.
The final precept must be determined by 1 March 2023
That the Commissioner propose a precept increase of £14.84 (5.94%) for 2023/24
for a band D property.
PART 1 – NON-CONFIDENTIAL/EXEMPT FACTS AND FIGURES
To assist the Commissioner to determine a proposed precept level, the
Commissioner’s Treasurer has prepared the accompanying draft Budget Report
In setting the proposed precept the Commissioner has had regard to public
responses and those of ratepayer representatives. These have been summarised
This decision supports the following element(s) of the Safer West Mercia Plan:
☒ Putting Victims and Survivors First ☒ Building a More Secure West Mercia
☒ Reforming West Mercia ☒ Reassuring West Mercia’s Communities
The decision supports this/ these objective(s) through the following:
By providing resources to ensure these aims and objectives are achieved
By funding the Force to deliver effective policing within West Mercia
By investing in the ICT and Estates infrastructure to ensure it is up to date
and fit for purpose
By supporting local partners, whether in the public, voluntary and private
sector to undertake preventative programmes and initiatives to reduce crime in West Mercia
BENEFITS AND THEIR REALISATION
Monitored through Money Matters, Holding to Account arrangements, and activity
reporting to the Police and Crime Panel.
Name: Paul Benfield Date 23/01/23
FINANCIAL AND TREASURER COMMENTS
To assist the Commissioner in determine a proposed precept level a Budget
Report accompanies this Decision Notice. (see Appendix 1)
The report sets out the funding implications from the proposed Council Tax
Precept, the proposed Net Revenue Budget for 2023/24 which the precept will
support, and details of what the investment will mean for the communities of West
The report provides the Commissioner with the Treasurers view on the soundness
of the budget and the adequacy of reserves.
By virtue of schedule 11, paragraph 14 of the Police Reform and Social
Responsibility Act 2011 the Police and Crime Commissioner may do anything
which is calculated to facilitate, or is conducive or incidental to, the exercise of the
functions of commissioner. That includes: entering into contracts and other
agreements (whether legally binding or not) and acquiring and disposing of
property (including land).
PUBLIC ACCESS TO INFORMATION
Information in this form is subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI Act)
and other legislation. Part 1 of this form will be made available on the West Mercia
Commissioner’s website. Any facts and advice that should not be made
automatically available on request are not included in Part 1 but instead in a
separate Part 2 report.