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Would you pay more for local policing?

 
Created on 23/11/2016 @ 12:10
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Dafydd Llywelyn, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys, has launched a public consultation on police funding.

Mr Llewelyn (pictured) is asking the question to residents as to what level of spending would they be willing to pay and outlines the argument for a potential rise.

Local policing is funded from a Home Office grant, as well as contributions from the public via the Council Tax, known as the police precept.  

In 2015/16 the police precept was cut by 5% and frozen at that level for this current year (2016/17). The average Band D Council Tax payer currently pays £200.07 per year. Dyfed-Powys Police’s current budget is £93.342m, with £43.330m of this coming from the police precept.

Mr Llywelyn said: “I firmly believe that the public should have a strong voice in the decision to make changes to the public’s contribution through the Council Tax and that once agreed, the impact is clearly explained.

“Funding decisions must be translated into impact on services, and if the budget is cut, the public must realise what might be lost. On the other hand, if the decision is to increase the contributions, it is important that the public feel that they are getting value for money and a tangible benefit from the increase. I look forward to hearing the public’s opinion on this critical issue”.

The information below provides detail on the impact that various changes to the police precept would have both on the public’s purse, but also on the overall policing budget.  

If the police precept aspect of the Council Tax Precept is increased by 2%, a Band D householder would pay an additional £3.96 per year.

Broken down, this would mean an extra 33p per month, or 8p a week.  

If the police precept is increased by 2%, Dyfed-Powys Police’s annual budget would increase by £1.211m.   

Increase / decrease amount

Impact onhousehold contribution per year (+ or –)

Impact onhousehold contribution per month (+ or –)

Impact onhousehold contribution per week (+ or –)

Impact on Dyfed-Powys Police’s annual budget (+ or –)

+ 1%

+ £1.98

+ £0.16

+ £0.04

+ £779,000

+ 2%

+ £3.96

+ £0.33

+ £0.08

+ £1.211m

+ 3%

+ £6.03

+ £0.50

+ £0.12

+ £1.663m

+ 4%

+ £8.01

+ £0.67

+ £0.15

+ £2.095m

+ 5%

+ £9.99

+ £0.83

+ £0.19

+ £2.528m

+ 10%

+ £19.98

+ £1.67

+ £0.38

+ £4.708m

– 1%

– £1.98

– £0.16

– £0.04

– £86,000

– 2%

– £3.96

– £0.33

– £0.08

– £518,000

– 3%

– £6.03

– £0.50

– £0.12

– £970,000

– 4%

– £8.01

– £0.67

– £0.15

– £1.402m

– 5%

– £9.99

– £0.83

– £0.19

– £1.834m

– 10%

– £19.98

– £1.67

– £0.38

– £4.015m

 

You can complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2BL6M9T

The survey ends at midnight on December 4.


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