Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner
I fully understand that this is a big increase for households. It was not an easy decision to raise the policing part of the council tax by £2 a month (Band D household). However I have to balance the challenges facing policing, the increased threat from criminality and the safety of residents.
In order to improve visibility and results, we need to have the resources. With the government set on raising money for policing from local people I have the unenviable job of deciding how we meet these challenges.
Just like last year we will continue to protect neighbourhood policing the very ‘eyes and ears’ of our communities and invest in additional officers, above planned numbers, for the first time in over a decade.
I’m committed with the Chief Constable to intensify our fight against serious violence on our streets, in our towns and cities with high profile disruption activity for residential burglary, drugs and violent crime.
Sending a loud and clear message to criminals that coming into our area to commit their crimes and exploit the vulnerable is not an option.
This money will not fix everything but it’s the first investment we’ve seen since austerity began in 2010 and it’s a big step in the right direction
Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset
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|Where does the money come from?||2018/19||2019/20|
|Funding from central government||£176m||£182m|
Changes in Spending
The net expenditure for the police will be £21m higher in 2019/20 compared to 2018/19 following a rise in council tax funding. The Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) has taken the decision to increase the policing part of the council tax by £24 a year for the average band D household. This means that the average band D precept will be £217.81. Although inflation and other spending pressures will increase costs by £25m, savings have been agreed to balance the budget.
There is now a joint local community safety and Police and Crime Plan for your local area.