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 2018/19 - and wants to hear
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
overwhelming majority of West Midlands Police's budget comes from
central government. That element of the budget will face a real
terms cut once inflation is factored in this year, on top of cuts
of £145 million since 2010. Just to standstill West Midlands Police
requires £22 million.
The West Midlands Police precept is the second lowest in the
country at just £116.55 per annum (for a Band D council taxpayer)
compared to the highest of £224.57 in Surrey. The third lowest
council tax precept is West Yorkshire Police at £150.95.
The police funding announcement from central government for
2018/19 cut the spending power of local forces and required for
Police and Crime Commissioners to seek money from the local council
tax payers in their areas.
If the police precept is frozen at its current levels, West
Midlands Police will lose out on approximately £9.5 million per
annum. This loss of funding would have a significant impact on
policing across the West Midlands with inevitable reductions in
service. £9.5 million of funding will support the recruitment of
190 police officer posts, essential for stabilising force
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 two years.
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 asking people for their thoughts on a
£12-a-year - £1 a month - government supported increase on the
policing precept, allowing the force to protect local policing and
recruit officers, whilst ensuring local people will still pay £50
less than for neighbouring forces such as Staffordshire, West
Mercia and Warwickshire.
You can give your views on the level of police precept for 2018/19
by completing the online survey at the bottom of the page.
The consultation will run until 2nd February 2018 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. I will do
all I can to focus resources into that area.
"The government have made it clear that to part cover their
reduction in police funding they expect PCCs to increase council
tax precept by the maximum amount. That would mean council tax
increasing by £12 a year or a £1 a month for a Band D council
"A £12 increase on the policing precept in the West Midlands would
still mean that local people are paying more than £50 less than
neighbouring forces such as Staffordshire, West Mercia and
"With the force still facing real terms cuts it is the only
option left to protect services. Just to standstill West Midlands
Police needs £22 million. I would much prefer government gave us
the funding we require, however this increase will enable me to
continue with planned recruitment to stabilise officer
"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 £116.55, with a £12 increase on the precept it will be
Neighbouring forces currently charge the below for their policing
precept on a Band D property:
Staffordshire £181.16, West Mercia £189.60 and Warwickshire