10th Aug, 2020

PCC strikes balanced note on funding Police through council tax rises

Ross Crawford 25th Jan, 2020

THE police in Warwickshire will receive £53.7 million of central government funding, an increase of £4.5 million over 2019/20.

The money accounts for around 50 per cent of the total Warwickshire Police budget, with the remainder coming from Council Tax and reserves.

The Government has also announced that Police and Crime Commissioners will have the flexibility to raise their police precept (the element of Council Tax that raises funds for policing locally) by a maximum of £10 for an average Band D property.

Warwickshire PCC Philip Seccombe said: “The boost in funding announced by the Government is very good news.

“In consultations I have held with the public, the feedback has been supportive of policing having more funding but there was also a strong feeling that this should not solely be funded through increases to Council Tax.

“I will be discussing over the next few days all of the options for setting a fair and reasonable Police Precept. This will take into account public opinion while also balancing the need to ensure that frontline policing has the investment to be effective and efficient.”

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