Results of public consultation on raising Council Tax

The policing settlement received from the government before Christmas allowed Police and Crime Commissioners to increase funding to local policing by raising the local council tax.

Prior to a decision being made, Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner sought the views of residents in the Thames Valley.

A survey, which closed on 11 January, was conducted and 5,600 people were surveyed with nearly 85% agreeing to an increase in council tax to fund policing.

Of those who opposed the increase the majority felt that Thames Valley Police should manage on existing budgets by reviewing their spending priorities or that additional funding should be provided by government through income tax or savings made elsewhere at national level.

The full breakdown of the survey results can be found here.

Following the survey results, the Police and Crime Commissioner made the decision to increase the policing element of the council tax.

Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner said “Like many who took part in the survey, I strongly believe that the additional funding should come directly from government and I will continue to highlight this to the Home Secretary and the Policing Minister. However, to ensure that we protect the front line I have made the decision to increase the police element of the council tax by £12 for the equivalent of a Band D property*.

“This increase has allowed Thames Valley Police to set a 3 year budget that both protects the current level of policing and allows for additional resource in areas of demand such as protecting vulnerable people and child sexual exploitation as well as investments in new technology”.

*

Council Tax Band

£

A

8.00

B

9.33

C

10.67

D

12.00

E

14.67

F

17.33

G

20.00

H

24.00

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