Thanks to increased funding from local people there will be 80 additional officers in 2019-2020, with a further 27 planned for the following year.
People want to see more police in communities and this budget will enable that and this is the first time that we have been able to recruit such a significant number of new officers and it will make a real difference. However, this is only happening due to an increase in the police portion of the council tax and a hefty chunk from our Reserves.
Every measure in this year's budget is designed to increase the time spent on frontline policing, making officers more accessible to the public. In real terms this budget will save 52 officer posts and fund a further 24. Three for each of the eight neighbourhood policng areas - this securing a total of 76 police officer posts.
The part of your Council Tax bill which goes towards policing will rise by 6.41% from April this year. For a Band D property this will be an extra £12 a year, or £1 a month, taking it to an anjual total of £199.23.
In recent times the force has suffered a massive cut in its resources. Central government made a conscious decision to reduce funding to the extent that this force alone has lost 20% of its workforce. That represents a funding cut of £38m since 2009.
The budget for policing in Leicestershire in 2017/18 has been set at £171.639m which equates to an increase of £0.799m (0.47%) from the 2016/17 net budget requirement level of £170.840m. Approximately two thirds of this is funded by the Government and with the remainder coming from the police precept in the local Council Tax.
The part of your Council Tax bill which goes towards policing will rise by 1.99% from April of this year (2017). For a Band D property this will be an extra £3.65 per year - or 7p a week - taking it to an annual total of £187.23.
As a tax payer you have the right to know how your money is being spent and to be confident in the people spending it. And when you are being asked to pay more for a service, you should expect it to improve and deliver more for you too. In his final months as Police and Crime Commissioner, Sir Clive Loader received overwhelming support from the public and the Police and Crime Panel in setting a budget that will ensure a strong and resilient police service in the coming years.
The overall budget has been set at £170.840m, which is an increase of £2.280m over the 2015-16 net budget of £168.560m. The 1.99% increase in the amount of council tax paid towards policingin 2016-17 equates to £3.58 per annum for a Band D property, taking the total yearly figure to £183.58.
The Commissioner has set the overall budget for 2015/16 at £168.5m, a reduction on the previousyear of £4.1m. To help sustain the base budget in the future to enhance community safety, the amount of council tax local people pay towards policing has been increased slightly and Band D households will now pay an extra £3.51 a year– an increase of less than 7p a week. This will generate an additional income of £1.038m for the Force.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicester, Sir Clive Loader, has taken into account the financial challenge and inflation and has set the overall budget for 2014-15 at £172.595m, a reduction on the previous year.
To help sustain frontline policing in the future, the amount of council tax local people pay towards policing has been increased slightly and Band D householders will pay £176.48 towards the cost of local policing, an increase of £2.61 per annum.
- The full policing Council Tax leaflet for 2014-15 can be found here
Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire, Sir Clive Loader, has approved a budget for 2013/14 of £173.5 million. This is a reduction of £0.8m compared to the budget for 2012/13 and includes the ongoing effect of £23m of savings achieved over the last two years.
There has been no increase in council tax for police purposes this year. It will cost the average local taxpayer £173.87, which works out at just 48p per day.
- The full policing Council Tax leaflet for 2013-14 can be found here.
Links to other authorities' council tax information:
Leicestershire County Council
Leicester City Council
Rutland County Council
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service
Blaby District Council
Charnwood Borough Council
Harborough District Council
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council
Melton Borough Council
North West Leicestershire District Council
Oadby and Wigston Borough Council