The policing precept is the amount you contribute to local policing through your council tax bill.
For 2017-18, the Police and Crime Commissioner has increased the police portion of your council tax bill by £5 per year for a Band D property – equivalent to an extra 10p a week. For a Band A property, the increase will be an extra £3.33 per year, equivalent to 6p a week.
This precept increase will raise £3.6m – an amount equivalent to the average cost of 70 police officers.
The proposed rise comes after the government failed, despite their promises, to protect local policing budgets, leaving Greater Manchester Police needing to find savings of £14m this year. This is on top of £180m and 2,000 officers axed since 2010 as a result of government-imposed cuts.
Tony Lloyd said:
“The Government’s continued failure to safeguard police funding has left me with no choice but to increase the policing element of the council tax by an average of £5 a year. I do this reluctantly as I understand the financial pressures local families are facing, and both I and the Chief Constable are committed to investing this money in the frontline and keeping as many officers as possible on our streets.”
How much will you pay?
The amount of council tax you will pay to fund Greater Manchester Police depends on the rateable value of your property – known as your tax band.
Income and expenditure – a comparison
The 2017/18 Precept is £117,374,873. A comparision of expenditure and income for 2016/17 and 2017/18 is as follows:
|Original Budget||Original Budget||Variance|
|Supplies & Services||54.97||56.08||1.11|
|Transfer to/from Reserves||(2.80)||(6.50)||(3.70)|
|Income and sponsorship||(34.04)||(35.85)||(1.81)|
|Legacy Council Tax Grants||(25.70)||(25.71)||(0.01)|
|Collection Fund balance||(2.42)||(2.80)||(0.39)|
|Precept (Council Tax Requirement)||111.00||117.38||6.38|
Change in council tax requirement
|Increase in Council Tax Requirement||6.38|
Why council tax requirement has increased
|Cost of Additional Recruitment||2.68|
|Changes to staffing including Terms & Conditions||-5.53|
|IT projects and related costs||5.50|
|Increase in Prudential borrowing Costs||4.49|
|Other including one off items||-1.42|
|Changes to PCSO levels||-1.48|
|Reduction in cost of supplies and services||-1.21|
|Contribution to Capital Projects||3.79|
|Insurance Related Savings||-2.30|