Police precept set to rise as PCC calls on MPs for fair funding

The police portion of the council-tax bill for people in the Northumbria force area is to rise by 15p per week for a band A property or 23p for a band D property.

Wednesday, 7th February 2018, 11:00 am
Dame Vera Baird QC

The Police and Crime Panel for Northumbria have unanimously approved the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC’s proposed increase to the police precept.

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Following public consultation, which the Force says was overwhelmingly complimentary about the police and supportive of the rise, Dame Vera said: “The Government continues to move the responsibility of paying for policing from central government to local council taxpayers. The Government has set Northumbria’s budget by assuming a £12 increase on band D properties.

“If this increase did not go ahead, it would mean a reduction of over £5million to our budget and this would inevitably effect frontline policing. Local residents have told me that they want to keep officers on the beat, to ensure this happens I have had to follow the recommended budget proposal from government.”

Meanwhile, she has written to MPs across the region to once again emphasise the need for a fair funding settlement from the Government, urging parliamentarians to urge Ministers to better understand the realities of Northumbria’s situation; it has experienced the biggest reduction to funding of all forces in the UK – £136million cut from budgets since 2010.