The cost of policing Derbyshire in 2015/16 will be about £169million. About two thirds of this is funded by Government grant and about one third is from Council Tax. The Government grant has been cut every year since 2010. Despite this, recorded crime used in Government statistics has continued to fall in Derbyshire but there is clear evidence that digital and cyber-crime, which are not included in the statistics is increasing significantly.
The Commissioner and the Chief Constable have been working hard to identify savings and balance the budget. Much progress has been made but there is still an expected shortfall; this budget gap can be partly closed by a small increase in Council Tax. Even then, difficult decisions will have to be made with some reduction likely in police officer and police staff numbers and reducing the number of buildings used by the police.
Let us know your views
The Commissioner intends, reluctantly, to increase the Council Tax for policing by a moderate amount.
Each 1% increase in the Council Tax precept generates approximately £500,000 per year in additional funding for Derbyshire Police and would cost a band D Council Tax payer roughly £1.70 more per year.
A 2% increase would raise about £1million per year and cost an extra £3.39 per year for a band D property.
To put this into context £1million is what it costs to pay for approximately 20-25 Police Officers.
Any reduction in the precept would result in a greater reduction in police officer numbers and impact on the level of service provided.
The Commissioner’s intention for 2015/16 is to increase the police precept element of Council Tax within the limit set by the government at less than 2% of the current level.
If council tax is maintained or reduced from the current level, the government will pay a freeze grant which is equal to a 1% increase in council tax Derbyshire – about £0.5m. This is not automatically paid every year afterwards so this could be only a short term fix .
Please let us know what you think about these proposals by completing a short survey below.
Please note, the survey closed on Monday 26th January 2015. Thank you to those who contributed.