Council Tax 2020/21 - Have your say on next year’s police funding in Surrey
Would you be prepared to pay a little extra on your council tax bill to further improve the policing service in Surrey?
That is the question the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro is asking residents as he launches his annual public consultation on the policing element of the council tax.
The PCC is seeking the public’s views on whether they would support either a 5% rise for the next year which would allow further investment in more officers and staff or a 2% inflationary increase which would allow Surrey Police to maintain a steady course during 2020/21.
One of the Commissioner’s key responsibilities is to set the overall budget including determining the level of council tax raised for policing in the county known as the precept which funds the Force together with a grant from central government.
The government’s settlement announcement has this year been delayed because of the general election and is not now expected until late January. However, the PCC is presenting two options which he believes would strike a fair balance between providing a good policing service and the burden on the public.
A 5% rise would equate to around a £13 a year rise for an average Band D property while 2% would mean an extra £5 on a Band D annual bill.
Last year Surrey residents agreed to pay 10% extra in return for increasing front-line officer and operational staff posts by an additional 79 whilst protecting 25 other police posts that would have been lost. All those new staff will be in post and doing their training by May 2020.
It was announced in October that Surrey will receive central funding for an extra 78 police officers over the coming year as part of the government’s programme to increase police officer numbers nationally by 20,000.
To complement that uplift in police numbers, a 5% increase in police council tax would allow Surrey Police to invest in:
- A further uplift in local police officers providing a visible presence in local communities
- Extra Neighbourhood Support Police Officers and Youth Community Support Officers (PCSO’s) to prevent and help tackle crime and anti-social behaviour and provide local community engagement
- Police staff who can carry out investigations and help keep officers out visible to the public
- Police staff who can analyse complex data to match police resources to demand and who can carry out forensic analysis of computers and phones
A 2% increase in line with inflation will allow the force to continue the police officer training, keep recruiting officers to replace those retiring or leaving and bring in the extra 78 centrally funded officers.
The PCC is keen to hear views on his proposal so please take a few minutes to complete our brief survey below and have your say.
Together with Surrey Police, the PCC is also carrying out a series of public engagement events in every borough in the county in the next five weeks to hear people’s views in person. You can sign up to your nearest event by clicking HERE
This consultation will close at midday on Thursday 6 February 2020. If you want to read more about the PCC’s proposal and the reasons for it - CLICK HERE
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