POLICE BUDGET 2016/17

Have your say on Tony’s proposals about the police element of your council tax  to raise funds equivalent to 70 police officers.

Results

Greater Manchester’s communities are set to benefit from extra police officers after Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd’s 10p plan to protect police was backed by council leaders.

More than 300 people responded to the consultation. Of those 78% agreed, 18% disagreed and 4% were not sure.

Read more: Communities back 10p plan to put more officers on the beat

Background

Government cuts to police funding have hit Greater Manchester Police particularly hard, with the service losing £180m since 2010. Consequently, there are now are 2,000 fewer police officers on our streets. In Greater Manchester, about 80% of the police budget comes from the Government and the rest is from the police element of your council tax. As Greater Manchester’s Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner, I am responsible for setting the amount that households pay for policing through their council tax.

 Where are we now?

The Government has finally listened to me and many others who have said that cuts to policing are unsustainable. They have agreed not to cut the policing budget this year, although we still need to find additional savings of £70m over the next three years. However, their calculations make the assumption that I will raise the police element of your council tax by £5 in the coming year. That’s for the average Band D property. In order to avoid further damaging cuts to policing, this modest rise in council tax is the only realistic option the Government has given us.

My proposal

Last year, the average band D household in Greater Manchester paid £152.30 per year towards policing. This year I am proposing to increase this amount by £5 – less than 10 pence per week – which will amount to an additional £3.5 million for Greater Manchester Police. That’s the equivalent of 70 police officers. The actual increase will depend on your council tax band, as can be seen in this table: 

 

COUNCIL TAX BANDS

 

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

2015/16

(£ per year)

101.53

118.46

135.38

152.30

186.14

219.99

253.83

304.60

Proposed for 2016/17

(£ per year)

104.87

122.34

139.82

157.30

192.26

227.21

262.17

314.60

Change

(£ per year)

+3.34

+3.88

+4.44

+5.00

+6.12

+7.22

+8.34

+10.00

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Have your say

Have your say on Tony’s proposals to increase your council tax bill by 10p a week – raising funds equivalent to 70 police officers.

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