Support for victims and 101 service set to improve following funding agreement
As part of the police funding announcement in December, PCCs were given the option to increase the council tax by up to £12.
Julia said: “It was clear from my consultation that the public value their police service and are prepared to pay on average about £1 more per month, so I am pleased the panel has approved my proposal.
“Over 2,000 people took part in my survey and I’d like to thank them for sharing their views. When making my decision I was conscious that, at a time when we are all feeling the pinch, I needed to find a balance between paying more and investing in local policing services.”
Julia will set up a ‘Policing Priorities Fund’ with the extra funding, which will, in the first instance, be used for:
- Recruiting more people to respond to the public’s 101 and 999 calls in the Force Control Room
- Maintaining frontline policing and PCSO numbers
- Improving services for victims, especially the most vulnerable
Julia added: “However, due to cost pressures including changing demand, wages, pensions and inflation, we still need to save about £10 million over the medium term. So I have been clear with the Chief Constable that progress on savings needs to be made before any future increases can be considered.”