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Tell us what you think: PCC launches budget survey

Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa is appealing for local people to help him make next year’s budget decisions – by telling him what they think about policing.

The Commissioner  today<FRI> launched an online survey asking local people a series of questions about policing including whether the Force delivers value for money and how much they are prepared to contribute to future policing services.

Faced with a reduced policing grant from Government in 2017-18, the PCC is also keen to find out whether residents would be prepared to pay an additional 6.8 pence per week (£3.54 per year) to help him meet the costs of policing and community safety for the next 12 months.

The figure, which reflects the cost of an average Band D property, represents a 2% increase in the portion of Council Tax local householders pay towards policing and is in line with Government expectations for all forces in England.

The Commissioner is keen to consult as many residents as possible ahead of his budget preparations and is appealing for local people to spend five minutes completing his online survey to share their views.

Mr Dhindsa said: “The public has been incredibly supportive of the challenges facing our police force in terms of demand pressures and reduced resources over the years and has understood the impact this has had on investment. Derbyshire remains a strong-performing Force and I want to continue that momentum with robust, outcome-driven services to protect the vulnerable and ordinary people.

 “Thankfully, the Chancellor indicated in his comprehensive spending review last year that there would be no real term cuts in overall police funding however this is subject to Police and Crime Commissioners in England applying a 2% increase to their Council Tax precept.”

“I’m ever mindful of my responsibilities to listen to the public and this survey gives local people the chance of telling me what they think about our services and how much they are prepared to pay for them. I realise it’s a busy time of year but if you can take a few minutes to share your views I would be very grateful.”

The survey, which contains a series of multiple choice questions, asks respondents whether they have accessed the PCC’s victim of crime support services and how satisfied they were with them.

The Commissioner has prioritised victims’ services and is keen to ensure the provision he delivers meets the expectations of those they serve. It also aims to measure awareness of these services to monitor public understanding of the help on offer.

The survey will be available from today <DEC 1> until December 31. To take part, click here http://bit.ly/2fSxzA5

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Media enquiries:  Sallie Blair 01283 821012

Posted on Friday 2nd December 2016
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