Less than a penny a day extra to protect frontline policing
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Anthony Stansfeld, has had his proposed rise in the police portion of the council tax approved by the Police and Crime Panel today (01/02)
The PCC is asking the public to pay less then 1p a day or £3.08 a year extra for a Band D household to ensure that policing in the ThamesValley is protected.
The increase will allow Thames Valley Police to recruit an extra nine officers and redeploy 34 other officers to key roles in local policing and child protection.
Government cuts have seen the Force having to save £70m over a six year period (2011/12 – 2016/17) and cash savings of £13.5 million have already been identified for 2013/14.
As well as overseeing the budget for Thames Valley Police, the PCC will also be responsible for a new Community Safety Fund which brings together a number of different drug intervention, crime reduction and community safety programmes that the Home Office previously provided directly to local authorities, partner bodies and voluntary agencies.
Despite cuts of 16 per cent in the grant for this area the PCC has also pledged to try to maintain the levels of funding for community safety initiatives next year at close to the current (2012/13) level of £3.5m.
Anthony Stansfeld, the Police and Crime Commissioner said: “This increase is less than a pint of beer for a Band D household or less than a penny a day but it allows us to keep our frontline secure by not just maintaining police numbers but actually increasing them.
With this extra money I can also aim to maintain levels of funding for community safety initiatives for the next year despite 16 per cent cuts in the grant for this area. This is crucial to reducing crime as it will allow groups which have received Home Office funding before such as Community Safety Partnerships, drug intervention programmes and organisations tackling gang and youth violence to continue.”
Chief Constable Sara Thornton said: “I am pleased that the Police and Crime Commissioner has supported the force by proposing a modest rise in the precept. This will enable us to increase the number of officers on local patrol teams and to increase the strength in our child protection units.”
Thames Valley Police has changed its presentation of the revenue budget to better reflect ongoing changes to Government grants.
The revenue budget for 2013/14 of £393.981m represents a reduction of £4.978m or 1.2% against the comparable revenue budget figure for 2012/13 of £398.959m.