A Message from Peter McCall, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria

As part of my role I am responsible for funding policing services in the county. I would like to know how you feel about how much you pay towards the funding of policing services, and how you would feel about increasing the policing element of your council tax next year.  I am therefore inviting you to complete this survey. 

My job is to provide the best possible policing service to the people of Cumbria with the resources available to me. To help me achieve this objective, I am proposing to increase the policing element of your council tax by 1.92%. For a household living in a Band D property this amounts to an annual increase of £4.23, just over 8p per week. This modest increase will help me to continue to keep Cumbria safe.

Information about how the police are funded:

-My overall budget for policing and crime for 2017-2018 was £96.2m.
-Most of this is funded from central government plus about 13% of your local council tax bill goes to pay for police services in Cumbria.
-In 2017-2018 the amount used for the police in your council tax bill increased by 1.91%, to £220.77 for a Band D property, which represented an annual increase of £4.14.
-Although this was an increase in local funding, savings were still necessary as the central Government grants to policing were reduced.

As well as the feedback I receive from this survey, I will also take the views of the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Panel into account when finalising my proposals. 

Presently, the Government has indicated through its budget proposals that it will allow Commissioners to increase the council tax precept up to a maximum of 2% above which a referendum would be required. However it is possible that the Government may relax this limit, therefore I would also like to get your views on increasing the council tax above the 2% level.
The budget for 2018-2019 will be finalised by mid-February 2018.

Peter McCall