Residents’ views sought as police propose to increase council tax

John Dwyer PCC2

Police and Crime Commissioner John Dwyer is asking people across Cheshire about their policing priorities for the coming year and the police precept – the part of Council Tax that funds Cheshire Constabulary.

Police and Crime Commissioner, John Dwyer, said: "It's through the public's support via the police precept that we've been able to make Cheshire even safer over the past year and improve in a number of key areas.

"I want the Constabulary to be able to maintain these improvements and that's why I'm launching this survey. I need people's feedback on what they want our police service to focus on in 2023/24 and what level the police precept should be set at to be able to achieve this."

Government funding for Cheshire Constabulary is set to increase, however inflation has seen nearly £14 million added to the cost of policing. The police have identified £6.7 million through savings and reserves to close the gap, however there is still a shortfall.

To find extra funding for policing, Commissioners can increase the police precept by £15 per year - £1.25 per month - for a Band D Council Tax property, without the need to hold a referendum.

John Dwyer added: "Increasing the precept by 6.4% - below inflation - would allow the Constabulary to meet this funding gap and maintain the improved level of service we have seen. The Chief Constable and I have focused relentlessly on the areas that matter most to people and things are moving in the right direction.

"However, setting the police precept is a responsibility I do not take lightly. I know that the cost of living is affecting people and public services in different ways and that's why I've provided a number of options in the survey. It's vital that I get the views of people right across Cheshire so please do have your say."

Answers to frequently asked questions about the police budget and survey are available at: www.cheshire-pcc.gov.uk/what-the-commissioner-does/setting-the-police-budget/budget-2023-24

The survey will close at midday on Tuesday 24 January. Have your say at: www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/policebudget202324

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