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 2019/20 - 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 and additional pensions costs from the
government are considered, on top of cuts of £175 million since
The amount West Midlands Police can raise per household from
council tax is the second lowest in the England at just £128.55 per
year (for a Band D council taxpayer). That compares to Surrey,
which have the highest rate of £236.57. The third lowest council
tax is West Yorkshire Police at £162.95.
The police funding announcement from central government for
2019/20 cut the spending power of local forces and required Police
and Crime Commissioners to seek money from the local council tax
payers in their areas.
If the police precept is frozen, West Midlands Police will lose
out on approximately £18 million each year. Raising council
tax will prevent West Midlands Police from shrinking further.
In official Government documents, the Home Office and Treasury
expects that all Police Crime and Commissioners will increase the
precept by the maximum amount. Therefore it is essentially a
Government expectation that police precepts are increased by the
The Commissioner is asking people for their thoughts on the
government proposed £24-a-year increase on the policing precept.
This would mean the force will not shrink further. It would still
leave local people paying at least £40 less than people in
neighbouring force areas such as Staffordshire, West Mercia and
You can give your views on the level of police precept for
2019/20 by completing the online survey at the bottom of the
The consultation will run until 31st January 2019 at
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said:
"The public have made it clear that despite government cuts they
want to see more police officers on their streets. I will do all I
can to make that happen.
"To ensure the force doesn't shrink any further, the government
has strongly indicated it expects PCCs to increase council tax by
the maximum amount. That means a £24-a-year increase for a Band D
"A £24 increase in the West Midlands still means local people
will pay at least £40 less than people living in areas covered by
neighbouring forces such as Staffordshire, West Mercia and
"With the force still facing real terms cuts it is the only
option left to protect officer numbers. I would prefer government
not to shift the cost onto local council tax payers, but they have
left no other option.
"Before I make my 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 £128.55, with a £24 increase on the precept it will be
Neighbouring forces currently charge the below for their policing
precept on a Band D property:
Staffordshire £192.55, West Mercia £197.18 and Warwickshire
Precept consultation 2019/2020