The Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner has today launched a survey to ask households how much more Council Tax they are prepared to pay.
The Government have given PCCs the flexibility to increase the Council Tax (precept) by up to £10 next year. If all PCCs in England decide to do so this would generate around £248 million in additional funding for forces in 2020-21.
In the last 5 years the amount of Council Tax for policing in Sussex has increased by just under £50 for an average Band D property. If the Sussex PCC takes advantage of the flexibility, the police part of your Council Tax bill will would go up by a further 5.3%:
PCC Katy Bourne has welcomed the biggest funding boost for policing in a decade:
We need to focus on bringing crime down so this settlement means that PCCs can invest more into policing to tackle crime and keeping our communities safe.
The Government quite clearly remains committed to its pledge to recruit an additional 20,000 officers – with funding for 6,000 officers by March next year included in this year’s grant.
I am also delighted to see £150 million for the fight against organised crime and a £39m fund to address serious violence and the scourge of county lines.
The Government have announced amount of funding available to the policing system for 2020 to 2021 will increase by more than £1.1 billion, if Police and Crime Commissioners take full advantage of flexibility to set the police precept. The settlement includes the £750 million announced by the Chancellor last year to enable forces to meet their officer recruitment targets.
Mrs Bourne added:
Residents continue to tell me they support paying more to strengthen local policing and for tougher enforcement against criminals. People also tell us they support our successful programme to divert young people from violence and anti-social behaviour. The extra funding announced today will really bolster the work already under way.
Thanks to increased levels of precept contributions, Sussex Police will have 100 extra PCSOs by March this year and 50 more specialist staff. It is also on target to recruit 250 additional police officers by 2023.
Now we know how much funding Sussex Police is getting from Government, we know how much I need to ask for in the precept from households in the county.
I am launching a snap survey on a proposed increase of 20 pence a week, which equates to an extra £10 a year, per household. This is a chance for residents to add their voice to the views I have already collected over the past year.
You can read more about the police funding settlement on the Home Office’s website: homeofficemedia.blog.gov.uk.
Have Your Say
Click here to take part in the survey (it will close at midday on Thursday 30th January): www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk.
The Commissioner is responsible for setting the strategic direction and priorities for Sussex Police. Katy Bourne (Conservative) was first elected in November 2012 and re-elected to the post in 2016. The turnout was just 23%. The public next go to the polls on 7th May to decide how crime is tackled in Sussex.