Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner Survey – ‘Increase Council Tax to help protect Operational Policing’
The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld ‘Survey on an increase in council tax to help protect operational policing’ ends on Thursday 11th January 2018 at midday.
Thames Valley PCC Anthony Stansfeld launched a survey, over the festive period, seeking public views on an increase in the police element of the council tax by £1 a month (for a band D property) –
On Tuesday 19th December the Home Secretary announced a substantial £450 million increase in police funding across England and Wales. However, this funding package assumes that all PCCs will raise the police element of council tax by £1 a month (or £12 a year) for a band D property which, collectively, will raise £270 million of the £450 million increase.
At present around 60% of Thames Valley Polices £393 million annual policing budget is funded by central government, with the policing element of council tax making up the remainder. Since 2010/11 the police grant has been cut by around 38% in real terms which has resulted in Thames Valley Police (TVP) having to make £99 million of savings in order to balance the budget. These cuts have already led to a manpower reduction of over 1,000 full time equivalent posts, including more than 450 police officers.
For further background information please read this pdf – TVP/PCC – Budget Consultation Survey 2018/2019 and/or to complete the short survey please go to the Thames Valley PCC website using the following link – https://www.thamesvalley-pcc.gov.uk/get-involved/police-funding-survey-have-your-say/
If you have friends/family/neighbours who would like to participate in this survey but who do not have access to the internet they can respond to the following questions at – Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Thames Valley Police Headquarters, Oxford Road, Kidlington, Oxon, OX5 2NX
Do you think an extra £12 per year in council tax, for a Band D property, to help protect operational policing in Thames Valley would be money well spent?
If no, please explain why and what annual increase you believe is justified and will enable Thames Valley Police to do their job effectively?