Public asked for views on police precept

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird is asking members of the public to possibly pay the equivalent of an additional 31p per week to help fund local policing, for those living in a Band A property.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 11 January, 2019, 11:24
Dame Vera Baird QC. Picture by Frank Reid

In December, rather than providing a balanced funding settlement for policing, the government moved the responsibility for the majority of this year’s settlement on to the public, by allowing a local increase to the precept of up to £24 per year.

Dame Vera said: “Local residents know that I firmly believe the government should pay to deliver policing, sadly, Theresa May does not agree.

“Here, in Northumbria, we stretch every penny out of every pound.

“However, without significant additional investment, Northumbria Police would be unable to provide the current levels of service to our communities.

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“We continue to make savings and efficiencies to direct money to the services that local residents want to see provided.

“I remain immensely frustrated that the financial burden has, once again, been passed to local taxpayers and it is important that members of the public are under no illusion – this is a short-term fix that barely covers the need.”

Let Dame Vera know your thoughts by taking part in the online survey at https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/NPCouncilTaxFunding/