POLICE PRECEPT CONSULTATION 2018/19
Please note that this consultation runs from 2 January until midday on 31 January 2018.
A message from your Police and Crime Commissioner, Angus Macpherson
Would you be prepared to contribute an extra £1 a month to protect Wiltshire Police?
Increasing the policing part of council tax would mean an extra £12 a year for the average band D property. At present, band D homes pay £170.27 a year.
Out of the 43 forces in England and Wales, only four receive less funding per head of population than Wiltshire, yet we have seen the second highest increase in demand in the past year.
I have been lobbying the Home Office for a better deal for Wiltshire, pointing out that we have been historically under-funded given the logistical challenges of policing such an overwhelmingly rural county with such vast open spaces between some of main communities.
This increase would provide me with an additional three million pounds of local income for 2018-19 and help to cover rising costs, including the 2% pay rises for police officers that the government announced last year.
I fully support these rises for both officers and staff, however the government will not fund these centrally and it has been left to me to find the money from my existing budget.
The money raised from the policing part of the council tax will also be used to protect community policing which I believe is greatly valued by people in Wiltshire and Swindon.
Whilst this increase will not mean more officers and staff on the streets, it will certainly mean there won’t be fewer. We will no longer have to consider job losses and the service can be maintained at its current levels.