As South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner I am required to set the precept for the amount of council tax that householders pay for policing.
Central government continues to cut the amount of funding South Yorkshire Police receives. £19m has already been cut over the last two financial years.
The one aspect of policing that the public has confidence in and wants to see remain is neighbourhood policing. However, at a time of falling financial resources it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain the current Force model for providing neighbourhood policing.
The Chief Constable has made some savings by removing a level of supervision but this is a one off saving and can never be repeated.
If neighbourhood policing is to be safeguarded money will need to be found from elsewhere. Sometimes genuine savings will be made by working more economically or efficiently – but there will still be a need to reduce overall expenditure and that presents difficult and hard choices.
I am therefore reluctantly proposing an increase of 1.95% for the police share of council tax.
In 2014/15 the average Band D household paid £145.33 per year towards policing.
An increase of 1.95% will result in an average Band D household paying £148.16.
This is an annual increase of £2.83 or about 6p per week for the year 2015/16.
Dr Alan Billings
Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire
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Posted on Thursday 22nd January 2015