Police and Crime Commissioner wants to hear public’s views on police budget
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has
launched his budget consultation for 2017/18 - and wants to hear
your views on how the money should be raised from April
The Commissioner is responsible for setting the budget for West
Midlands Police. This includes setting the local 'police precept',
which is the part of council tax that goes to the police.
The Commissioner is asking people for their thoughts on a
£5-a-year - 10p a week - increase on the policing precept, allowing
the force to protect local policing and recruit officers, whilst
ensuring local people will still pay £60 less than for neighbouring
forces such as Staffordshire, West Mercia and Warwickshire.
The West Midlands Police precept is the second lowest in the
country at just £111.55 per annum (for a Band D council taxpayer)
compared to the highest of £220.19 in Surrey. In comparison to
forces similar to West Midlands, the next nearest precept level is
Greater Manchester at £157.30.
If the police precept is frozen at its current levels, West
Midlands Police will lose out on approximately £3.4m per annum,
which will mean a total loss in funding of at least £10.2m by
2019/20. This loss of funding would have a significant impact
on policing across the West Midlands with inevitable reductions in
As part of the Comprehensive Spending Review last year, the
Chancellor gave forces with historically low precepts, such as West
Midlands, the ability to raise their precept by £5 per annum,
compared to 2% for other areas. In official Government documents,
the Home Office and Treasury expects that all Police Crime and
Commissioners will increase the precept by the maximum amount each
year over the next four years. That increase would maintain police
funding at its current level and help to fill the gap in funding
from the Government, who are continuing to cut the amount of money
they give to West Midlands Police.
The provisional grant settlement from the Home Office indicated
that West Midlands Police would also be receiving £6
million less in government funding than last year.
Therefore it is essentially a Government requirement that police
precepts are increased by the maximum amount to maintain local
police funding. That is without taking into account increased fuel
costs, inflation and other increased costs since last year.
The Commissioner is seeking your views on the level of precept for
2017/18. If the precept were to increase by £5 per year for a
Band D property this equates to less than 10 pence per week.
You can give your views on the level of police precept for 2017/18
by completing the online survey at the bottom of the page.
The consultation will run until 27th January 2017 at
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson
"The public have made it clear to me that despite government cuts
they want local neighbourhood policing to be protected. To protect
neighbourhood policing and get the force ready for the new threats
the West Midlands faces I am recruiting 800 officers, 150 PCSOs and
200 specialist police staff.
"The government have made it clear that to cover their reduction
in police funding they expect PCCs to increase council tax precept
by the maximum amount. In the West Midlands that would mean council
tax increasing by £5 a year or just under 10p a week for a Band D
"A £5 increase on the policing precept in the West Midlands would
still mean that local people are paying more than £60 less than
neighbouring forces such as Staffordshire, West Mercia and
"Before I make my final decision on the local policing precept I
want to hear the views of the public. Please get in touch and fill
in our online survey."
Around the West Midlands region:
Current policing precept for a Band D property in the West
Midlands £111.55, with a £5 increase on the precept it will be
Neighbouring forces currently charge the below for their policing
precept on a Band D property:
Staffordshire £177.61, West Mercia £189.90 and Warwickshire
Precept consultation 2017/18