Precept consultation 2016-7
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has
launched his budget consultation for 2016/17 - and wants to hear
your views on how the money should be spent from April onwards.
The Commissioner is responsible for setting the budget for West
Midlands Police. This includes setting the local 'police precept',
which is the part of Council Tax that goes to the police.
The Commissioner is asking people for their thoughts on a
£5-a-year - 10p a week - increase on the policing precept, allowing
the force to maintain its services yet ensuring local people still
pay £65 less than for neighbouring forces such as Staffordshire,
West Mercia and Warwickshire.
The West Midlands Police precept is the second lowest in the
country at just £106.55 per annum (for a Band D council taxpayer)
compared to the highest of £215.89 in Surrey. In comparison to
forces similar to West Midlands, the next nearest precept level is
Greater Manchester at £152.30.
If the police precept is frozen at its current levels, West
Midlands Police will lose out on approximately £3.3m per annum,
which will mean a total loss in funding of at least £13m by
2019/20. This loss of funding would have a significant impact
on policing across the West Midlands with inevitable reductions in
As part of the Comprehensive Spending Review 2015, the
Chancellor has given forces with historically low precepts, such as
West Midlands, the ability to raise their precept by £5 per annum,
compared to 2% for other areas. In official Government documents,
the Home Office and Treasury have assumed that all Police Crime and
Commissioners will increase the precept by the maximum amount each
year over the next four years. That increase would maintain police
funding at its current level and fill the gap in funding from the
Government. Therefore it is essentially a Government
requirement that police precepts are increased by the maximum
amount to maintain local police funding.
The Commissioner is seeking your views on the level of precept
for 2016/17. If the precept were to increase by £5 per year
for a Band D property this equates to less than 10 pence per
You can give your views on the level of police precept for
2016/17 by completing the online survey at the bottom of the
The consultation will run until 29 January 2016 at 5pm.
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David
"The government have made it clear that to cover their reduction
in police funding they expect PCCs to increase council tax precept
by the maximum amount. In the West Midlands that would mean council
tax increasing by £5 a year or just under 10p a week for a Band D
"A £5 increase on the policing precept in the West Midlands
would still mean that local people are paying over £65 less than
other local forces such as Staffordshire, West Mercia and
"Before I make my final decision on the local policing precept I
want to hear the views of the public. Please get in touch and fill
in our online survey."
Around the West Midlands region:
Current policing precept for a Band D property in the West
Midlands £106.55, with a £5 increase on the precept it will be
Other regional forces currently charge the below for their
policing precept on a Band D property:
Staffordshire £177.61, West Mercia £185.90 and Warwickshire
Precept consultation 2016-7