Budget, Precept, anticipated income and proposed expenditure 2015-16
Precept message from David
We are hit doubly hard because the
West Midlands is taking the second lowest contribution from local
taxpayers in the country. That means we are more reliant on Central
Government funding, and so a flat rate cut to the central grant
hurts us more than places with higher precepts. While Central
Government provides 86% of the West Midlands Police budget, for
some forces this is as low as 49%. For example, cuts in government
funding mean Surrey Police's budget will fall by just 12%, but West
Midlands Police will lose 22%. Given that our crime rates are
higher, with more serious threats to the community, this simply
The West Midlands' position is
worsened by the government's unfair decision not to give us the
full amount of funding that their own formula says we need.
This year, West Midlands Police
will receive £43 million less than their formula says we require.
Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson is campaigning to get
a fairer funding deal for the West Midlands.
Even after the 1.99% increase on
the precept the West Midlands will be taking the second lowest
contribution from local tax payers in the country. The 1.99%
increase, coupled with careful use of the reserves, means that the
recruitment of 450 police officers will continue.