Police commissioner seeks funding views
Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Dame Vera Baird is asking for the views of local residents on the amount of council tax to be paid for local policing.
Northumbria Police will receive central grant funding of £222.7million in 2018/19, which reflects government funding being maintained at the same level as 2017/18 - but only if the police precept part of the council tax is increased by £12 for Band D properties.
If the precept is not raised by that amount, there will be a real terms cut to Northumbria Police funding of up to £5.1million. This is in addition to central government funding for Northumbria being reduced by 37 per cent in real terms since 2010.
In Northumbria people living in a band D property currently pay £98.33 per year in council tax for their police service. A £12 per year increase on that figure, as calculated by the Government, would mean an extra 23p a week. Most residents in Northumbria have a band A property and for those the increase would be 15p a week (£8 for the full year).
Northumbria currently has the lowest police precept of all the 43 police forces in England and Wales, by a very long way due to historical factors.
Residents are asked to email their views to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 12, including their home address.
Ms Baird said: “Once again the Government is moving the burden of proper police funding on to council tax payers through the police precept. The government are telling me if I don’t increase the precept by the figure they have used in their funding formula, Northumbria will have less money in real terms to spend on priorities such as neighbourhood policing
“ Repeated Government cuts have hit us hard since 2010, however, the government are telling me that we must raise the precept or lose out. The increase would amount to 15p per week increase for a Band A property (or 23p a week increase for a Band D property), I am therefore asking local residents if they would be content with this increase in Northumbria.”