Budget, precept, anticipated income and proposed expenditure 2017/18
Precept message from PCC David Jamieson:
This budget will allow West Midlands Police to continue with its
recruitment of 800 police officers, 200 specialist support staff
and 150 PCSOs.
Over the last few years, the force has faced £130 million in
cuts - the highest proportion in the whole country - and government
funding has been slashed by £6 million this year too.
As part of the Comprehensive Spending Review 2015, the
Chancellor gave police forces with historically low precepts, such
as West Midlands, the chance to raise their precept by £5 per annum
(less than 10p a week), compared to two per cent for other
In official Government documents, the Home Office and Treasury
assumed all Police and Crime Commissioners would increase the
precept by the maximum amount each year over the next four years
and that the increase would maintain police funding at its current
level and fill the gap in funding from the Government. Therefore,
it is essentially a Government requirement that police precepts are
increased by the maximum amount to maintain local police
I will be following the government's lead and raising the
precept by 10p a week (£5 annually) for a Band D council tax payer.
The West Midlands Police precept will still be the second lowest in
the country at just £116.55 per annum (for a Band D council tax
payer) compared to the highest of more than £200 in Surrey.
People in the West Midlands will still be paying at least £65
less than neighbouring forces such as Staffordshire, Warwickshire
and West Mercia, which are currently charging between £177.61 and
£191.98. I consulted the public on the budget and the majority
supported the small increase in the precept.
In addition, the cross-party Independent Police and Crime Panel
recognised the government's cuts and noted that West Midlands
Police continues to offer excellent value for money.
What this budget means:
- West Midlands Police can complete the recruitment of 800 police
officers, 200 specialist support staff and 150 PCSOs.
- The Commissioner can continue to invest millions of pounds into
supporting the victims of crime.
- The PCC is investing in mobile technology so officers spend
more time on the streets not behind desks.
West Midlands Police has been rated as an outstandingly
efficient force by the independent watchdog, HMIC.