Policing Budget Survey for 2023/24 will close on 17 January, 2023
Time is running out for the public to have their say regarding policing priorities across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Police and Crime Commissioner Rupert Matthews’ launched a countywide survey asking residents for their views on next year’s budget in December 2022.
Around 58 per cent of Leicestershire Police’s total funding comes from central Government, with the remainder raised locally through the police ‘precept’. This is the portion of council tax local people pay towards policing.
Mr Matthews said: “The current financial landscape for policing is the most challenging for a decade. A nationally-set pay agreement for our local workforce working 24/7, inflation, and fuel costs have all put significant pressure on budgets.
“This is why, while asking you what is important to you, I have no choice but to ask for an increase in the amount of council tax local residents pay towards policing.
“I appreciate that the increase in the cost of living is proving difficult for many of us. Unfortunately, the police service is not exempt from the impact of energy increases, pay rises and other inflationary pressures.
“The intention is to invest to save - with better technology, support mechanisms and systems - to give Leicestershire Police more time with communities to prevent crime and find criminals.
“Keeping people safe, protecting our communities and maintaining a visible and reassuring presence on our streets will always be my vision for policing. Times are hard and as other services are stretched it is vital for the police to be equipped and resourced to do their job.
“I remain committed to sustaining and strengthening local policing. To do this, I need your help to give our frontline what they need. Please consider whether you are willing to pay a little more to do this.”
To complete the survey please visit: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/7146840/Budget-Survey-2023-2024.
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Posted on Monday 16th January 2023