PFCC receives support from the Police and Crime Panel to increase council tax
Cumbria’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (CPFCC), Peter McCall has received unanimous support from the Police and Crime Panel on the proposals to increase the policing element of the council tax precept at a meeting on 31st January.
Each year, Cumbria Constabulary is part funded by government grants and the rest is funded by residents of Cumbria, through what is called the police council tax precept, and together this provides funds for policing and keeping us all safe.
In common with most other forces in the country, the Commissioner proposed that the policing part of the council tax precept be increased by 17p per week for a Band A property or 25p per week Band D.
Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall said: “I am grateful to not only have the support of the Police and Crime Panel for this modest increase, but also agree with the Panel Members, in that we are extremely reluctant in making this decision.
“The Chief Constable, Rob Carden is leading a high visibility, performance driven, policing approach supported by an additional 243 police officers, all focused on tackling crime and keeping us safe. As taxpayers we have invested in these extra officers.
“There is no doubt that the next financial year will be a difficult one as the country is facing a cost-of-living crisis and with rising inflation rates. Savings will have to be found within Policing but it is essential that we continue to provide a dedicated service to the public.
“In Cumbria, our Police are highly graded by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies and Fire & Rescue Services, and the approval of these budget proposals, will support the high-quality police service, help us to continue to improve it and build long-term resilience to keep us all safe.”