Views wanted over police precept rise

Taxpayers in a Band D property would pay an extra �24 per year for policing.
Taxpayers in a Band D property would pay an extra �24 per year for policing.

The Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Keith Hunter is asking residents to give their views about police funding in an online survey.

Last month the Home Office announced the provisional funding settlement for police forces for 2019/20 together with details of the referendum principles in respect of increases in Council Tax.

As part of the announcement about increased funding for policing the Government assumed that all Police and Crime Commissioners would make maximum use of the flexibility to increase funding from local taxpayers through the police precept – by £24 per year based on a Band D property.

The police precept is the part of the council tax that contributes towards the total funding available to police and crime commissioner to provide policing, community safety and victims’ services.

In the Humberside Police force area this would generate an extra £3.2million above the £12 increase that was already planned, having taken account of advice from Government last year. This means that an increase of £12 per year for a band D property had already been factored into financial plans for the force.

Crime commissioner Keith Hunter said: “I have options that range from not increasing the precept at all, which would lead to an immediate and damaging reversal of the advances made by the force and a significant reduction in officers and staff, to following the presumption of the Government and raising the precept by £24 per year for a band D Property.

“I regret I am in the position where the only option to provide a police force capable of meeting the needs of our communities and protecting the vulnerable is through an increase in local taxation. I would point out that the majority of households within the area fall within bandings A, B and C so the financial burden would be an increase of less than £24 per year, at the maximum.”

The police precept survey can be accessed at https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4772927/Police-Funding-2019-20 (survey closes Thursday 31 January).