The Police and Crime Commissioner’s survey seeking views on how much residents of Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton are willing to contribute towards the cost of policing locally is due to close at midnight on 12 January 2019. The Commissioner is urging council tax payers who have not yet had their say to ensure they take part. It is well documented that policing budgets are under pressure and the Commissioner believes that the needs of local communities require a financial uplift to recognise increased demand and changes in crime. It is therefore more important than ever that local council tax payers have their say on what level of contribution they would be willing to make through the precept survey.
The Government has given Police and Crime Commissioner’s the flexibility to increase the policing element of the council tax by up to £24, £2 per month per Band D household per year. This recognises the challenges faced by today’s policing of increasing demands, greater complexity and changes in criminal activity.
The Police and Crime Commissioner has publically stated that all of the money that comes from any rise in local council tax will go to support local policing, and an increase of £24 per year would ensure there will be no reduction in policing in the Hampshire Constabulary area.
The council tax survey is available at www.hampshire-pcc.gov.uk/budget until midnight on Saturday 12 January 2019.