Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore has announced today (Friday 26th January) that he will be asking council taxpayers to pay more towards policing in the county in the next financial year.
The PCC presented his precept proposal to the Police and Crime Panel meeting at Suffolk County Council’s HQ today for their consideration; the panel unanimously supported the increase.
Raising the precept by 6.8% will add approximately £2.9m to the Constabulary’s budget in the next financial year, for a band D property the increase is £12 a year.
Tim Passmore said, “I understand the impact that this increase will have on residents and it has not been an easy decision but I really have no option if we are going to maintain policing in the county.”
Raising the precept will increase the Constabulary’s budget to £125m, which will help maintain police visibility on the county’s roads to prevent criminal access to the county and keep road users safe. It will fund further investment in technology to help tackle the changing profile of criminality and improve the proactive capability of the constabulary to help combat drug misuse and youth gang violence. The extra cash will also help to improve emergency response and enhance the effectiveness of the Safer Neighbourhood Teams.
This increase to the policing element of the precept means the average council tax payment will increase from £176.85 to £188.82 per year in 2018/19, an average of £1 a month (based on Band D property).
Tim Passmore added, “Before making the decision to increase the precept to the maximum level I sought views and I was reassured that the majority of the people that responded to the survey (66%) said they were prepared to accept the £12 a year increase. This extra money will help us to continue to keep you safe and meet some of the financial challenge that we face in the coming financial year.”