Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles’ proposed a 1.96 per cent rise in the amount of council tax that goes towards policing for the financial year 2013/14. This increase would help pay for frontline policing.
Without this increase, the Commissioner explained, the Force would face losing at least 20 police officers in years to come. The increase equates to an annual rise of £3.21 for Band D and £2.14 for Band A households and will deliver £1m a year towards the police budget.
Mr Charles received support for this increase from the ratepayers representatives meeting that took place on the 9th January 2013. Those who attended gave their views towards the current challanges and options being taken.
This proposed budget for 2013/14 was taken forward to the police and crime panel to be approved and was accepted by the panel members.
Mr Charles commented: “I am delighted that the Panel agrees with my proposals as I believe that they are the way forward in maintaining frontline police officer posts which are so crucial to protecting the public.
“If we didn’t increase the precept now it would lead to a further fall in police numbers. I hope that my budget will promote confidence in the public that we are using our resources both efficiently and effectively in tackling crime, and doing all we can to keep our neighbourhoods safe.
“The council tax increase – which amounts to less than a penny a day for taxpayers – will help to offset some of the challenges that Derbyshire Constabulary face as a result of Government cutbacks. In all, police funding in the county has lost out on some £30m over the past seven years, despite already being one of the lowest spending police forces in the country.”